What is Hot Stone Massage?
Hot Stone Massage is a luxurious and beneficial therapy that uses warm basalt stones to massage your body. Other warm stones may be placed on areas of tension to allow the heat to penetrate deeply into the tissues.
Some Cool Hot Stone Massage Facts
Hot stone therapy is not a new idea. In fact, stones have been used in healing rituals for thousands of years. Here are a few examples.
In ancient China, small slender stones called Bianshi were heated and used like acupuncture needles to treat medical conditions. This stone therapy was the precursor to acupuncture. Also, heated basalt stones were piled on the body to ease muscle fatigue and pain dating back to before the Shang Dynasty.
In North America, Native Americans use heated stones in their sweat lodges and ceremonies.
What are the Benefits of Hot Stone Massage?
- Helps alleviate insomnia
- Eases menstrual cramps and associated lower backache
- Relieves tension headaches
- Eases osteoarthritis and arthritis pain
- Releases tension from chronically tight muscles and relieves muscle spasm, aches and pains
- Allows the therapist to work more deeply into your already relaxed muscles
- Increases circulation of blood and lymph, detoxifies and promotes healing
- Promotes a spiritual feeling of being grounded, or connected with earth energy
What to Expect During your Hot Stone Massage
First of all, no two Hot Stone Massage sessions are exactly alike, as each practitioner has their own style and the session should be individualized for each client's needs. Second, each stone set is unique. The size, shape, texture and type of stones used all affect the experience. Practitioners that specialize in Hot Stone Massage often invest in extensive stone sets with many different specialized shapes and sizes.
Tips for Your Hot Stone Massage
Don't eat a heavy meal right before your massage.
It's always important to give your therapist feedback during a massage about pressure and other comfort factors but it is especially important during a Hot Stone Massage. People have widely varying heat tolerance, so be sure to let your therapist know if the stones feel too hot or if you are starting to feel overheated. What feels comfortable to one person may be too hot for another.
Be sure to drink plenty of fluids after your massage. Your will be more dehydrated than usual after a Hot Stone Massage. As always your body needs extra fluid to help eliminate toxins and cellular waste flushed out by the massage.
Hot Stone Massage Therapy can be very relaxing. If you suffer from insomnia, a session in the evening before bed just may cause you to sleep like a baby.
All Elements Massage Denver West practitioners we schedule for Hot Stones have had additional training in Hot Stone Therapy and have passed written and practical tests. Therapists learn how to safely handle hot stones, appropriate stone heater settings, how to sanitize the stones and equipment and contraindications specific to Hot Stone Massage. And, of course, how to give you a luxurious and therapeutic massage