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Himalayan Salt Stone vs. Hot Stone Massage: Which is Right for Me?

Elements Massage Costa Mesa Sep 19, 2017

Elements in Costa Mesa will be offering Himalayan salt stone massages starting on Oct. 2nd!  With the addition of this new service our clients may wonder what is the difference between Himalayan salt stone and hot stone massage therapy? In this blog, we’ll answer that question for you.

Benefits of Himalayan Salt Stone Massage

You may already be familiar with the benefits of Himalayan salt as it relates to cooking and air purification. It’s becoming more and more popular as a sea salt substitute, and Himalayan salt lamps are all the rage lately.

But adding Himalayan salt stones to a massage will provide you with the following:

  • Deep sense of relaxation
  • Exfoliated, glowing skin
  • Soothed muscles and joints
  • Improved sleep
  • Better blood circulation
  • Reduced signs of aging

One reason Himalayan salt stone massages feel so rejuvenating is because the stones contain 84 natural minerals that generate positive health effects. They also produce negative ions, which are known to have uplifting effects on your mind and spirit.

Benefits of Hot Stone Massage

Hot stone massage therapy is an ancient Chinese technique that utilizes, black rocks made of basalt. The massage therapist uses the stones as an extension of their hands to knead your muscles, similar to Himalayan salt stone massage.

However, while the vibrant, pink Himalayan salt stones are more helpful for your skin and spirit, basalt stones are ideal for pain relief and other physical benefits. You can expect the following from a hot stone massage:

  • Loosening of tight muscles
  • Deep relief of chronic pain, especially in the neck and back
  • Better blood circulation
  • Stronger immune system

That’s not to say that hot stone therapy isn’t great for your psychological wellbeing, though. Many clients report a deep sense of relaxation during and after a session.

What’s the Right Choice?

At Elements in Costa Mesa, the cost of adding on hot stones or Himalayan salt stones to a massage session is the same.

Since one does not cost more than the other, the choice is yours. Himalayan salt stone massage is still relatively new to Elements Massage, so we recommend you give it a try.  Both stones are heated and smooth in texture and used as as a therapeutic extension of your massage therapists hands during the massage.  Even if you discover afterwards that you prefer traditional basalt hot stones, you certainly won’t regret the experience.

Try them both and see which style is your preferred treatment.  Ultimately, you can’t go wrong with either option as they are both designed for a relaxing, therapeutic experience!  Please note that the stone massages may have certain contraindications and may not be the right treatment for everyone (e.g. pregnant women, hypertension, etc.) so please inquire with your therapist or our friendly associates.  Call us at (714) 850-0500 to book your healing session today! 

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