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All About Hot Stone Massage

Elements Massage South Mesa Jul 14, 2015

As a unique form of massage that employs smooth heated stones placed onto specific points of the body to encourage relaxation, hot stone massage is a special treat for both the mind and muscles. This method of massage has been gaining popularity due to its wide range of health benefits including

  • Reduces anxiety and tension that your body carries
  • Primes your muscles to receive a deeper and more effective massage
  • Boosts flexibility and encourages range of motion
  • Improves circulatory system function
  • Helps relieve pain from carpal tunnel and fibromyalgia
  • Provides much needed relief from arthritis and osteoarthritis
  • Relieves back, neck, and shoulder pain

History
With traces of use back to various Native American cultures that used stones warmed in fires to address muscle soreness and injuries, hot stone massage has a rich history in providing therapeutic benefits. It is also frequently believed that when placed in specific patterns on your body, these heated rocks can harness and channel positive forces and energy into your body.

The Stones
River rocks or basalt rocks are the most popular types of stones employed in this form of massage due to their naturally smooth surface and ability to retain a pleasant warmth. During a massage session, your massage therapist will immerse these stones in a hot water bath to prepare them for application to your skin at a comfortable 120 degrees. This is the perfect amount of heat to generate warmth and relax your muscles in preparation for the action of a massage. When you get onto the massage table, these heated rocks are placed along various points to help melt away tension and to calm your central nervous system to reduce stress.

The next time you book a session with our talented team, consider augmenting your massage with the pleasant experience of hot stones for a little extra nourishment for your mind and body.

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