You may have seen images of people laying face down on a massage table with smooth black stones placed in unique patterns on their back and thought to yourself, what type of massage is that? Why are there rocks involved? At Elements Ken Caryl, we are here to give you the answers.
This ancient type of massage is called Hot Stone massage and it incorporates using heated basalt rocks to deliver warmth and comfort to your muscles to aid in the accelerated relaxation of your muscles and thus a more thorough and deeper massage. Here’s how it works:
Basalt rocks, otherwise known as river rocks, are the perfect size and shape to use in this massage modality due to their general smooth surface quality. Your massage therapist prepares the stones by placing them in a heated water bath until they reach approximately 120 to 150 degrees. During this type of massage, the rocks are placed strategically along the back and other places of the body to encourage relaxation. The warmth that emanates from the stones can facilitate the release of tension to better prepare your muscles for a deep massage.
This type of massage has recently garnered more recognition for its ability to relieve stress. The warmth from the heated stones can also help calm the central nervous system to promote mental clarity and calmness.
Other benefits of Hot Stone massage include:
- Increased flexibility and range of motion
- Relief from fibromyalgia pain or carpal tunnel
- Reduced anxiety and tension
- Alleviates back aches and pain
- Decreases depression and insomnia rates
- Improves circulation and blood flow
- Relief from arthritis and osteoarthritis
As a great alternative to Deep Tissue massage or Sports massage, Hot Stone massage promotes a healing experience for many different needs. If you are looking for a way to elevate your mood, try this method of massage today!