Are you sick of having sore muscles all the time? Well, a hot stone massage could be the ideal solution for you!
A hot stone massage is a type of massage therapy. It is used to calm and soothe tense muscles and injured soft tissues throughout the body.
During a hot stone massage, smooth, flat, heated stones are placed in particular places of your body.Basalt, a type of volcanic rock that maintains heat, is commonly used to make stones. Hot massage stones are heated to between 130 and 145 degrees, according to the University of New Hampshire Health Services.
The stones may be placed:
- Along your spine
- On your stomach
- On your chest
- On your face
- On your palms
- On your feet and toes
Massage therapists may use heated stones to massage your body while doing Swedish massage techniques such as:
- Long strokes
- Circular movements
Cold stones are sometimes used in combination with hot stones during a hot stone massage. Cold stones can be used after hot stones to soothe the skin and calm any inflamed blood vessels.
Who Can Benefit From a Hot Stone Massage?
A hot stone massage can help people who are suffering from muscle strain and soreness, insomnia, or stress. If you have a chronic pain issue, consult your doctor to see if a hot stone massage is a viable option for you.
Benefits of Hot Stone Massage
- Helps in Relieving Muscle Tension and Pain
Heat has been used for centuries to relieve muscle tension and discomfort. It promotes blood flow to the affected area. It may also improve flexibility and range of motion by reducing muscle spasms. Cold massage reduces inflammation. Alternating heat and cold stones during your massage may be beneficial depending on your conditions.
- May Aid in the Relief of Autoimmune Disease Symptoms
Hot stone massage may help with painful diseases like fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder that affects the entire body. A 2002 study found that persons with fibromyalgia who underwent a 30-minute massage slept longer, had fewer trigger points, and improved.
According to a 2013 study, people with rheumatoid arthritis may benefit from a moderate-pressure massage, such as a hot stone massage. After one month of massage, study participants reported less pain, improved grip strength, and increased range of motion.
- Reduction of Cancer Symptoms
A three-year study published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management looked at how massage affects pain, exhaustion, stress and anxiety, nausea, and depression in 1,290 cancer patients. The study found that massage, particularly Swedish massage such as hot stone massage, reduced cancer symptoms even in patients with severe symptoms. According to the researchers, the soothing use of human contact played an impact.
- Boosts Immunity
Massage may help your immune system. According to a research study, a single session of Swedish massage has a beneficial and immediate impact on immunity. Blood samples examined before and after the massage revealed a reduction in arginine-vasopressin, a hormone that aids in blood pressure regulation and water retention in the kidneys.
- Improves sleep
Massage may be an alternative to sleeping drugs in individuals with insomnia, according to a 2006 research assessment. According to the study, receiving a back massage can help you unwind and fall asleep.
Give yourself the needed relief with a hot stone massage from Sunshine Cosmetic Clinic and Medi Spa.