Himalayan Salt Stone vs. Hot Stone Massage: Which is Right for Me?
Apr 7, 2017
Elements in Fitchburg recently began offering Himalayan salt stone massages. The addition of this new service made us realize there’s a bit of confusion as to what the difference between Himalayan salt stone and hot stone massage therapy is. 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 Fitchburg, the cost of adding on hot stones or Himalayan salt stones to a massage session is the same.
Since one doesn’t 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. Even if you discover afterwards that you prefer traditional hot stones, you certainly won’t regret the experience.
Ultimately, you can’t go wrong with either option. Prior to your massage session, don’t hesitate to ask your licensed massage therapist what to expect. They’ll be happy to give you more information regarding their techniques (including setup and exactly how they’ll use the stones) and the pressure levels they use.