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What are the Benefits of a Hot Stone Massage?

Updated: Feb 10, 2022

What Does a Hot Stone Massage Involve?

Hot stone massage involves the placement of hot stones on the body for pain relief and relaxation. We use Basalt stones, a type of volcanic rock with a smooth and rounded shape. The stones are heated in water to around 55-60 degrees and are applied to the back and spine, palms, feet, décolletage and stomach.

The massage therapist also holds certain stones as they massage your body.

What is the Origin of this Therapy?

Hot stone therapy treatments have historically been used in both China and India.

There are historical accounts confirming that the Chinese used heated stones more than 2,000 years ago as a means of improving the function of internal organs.

The Hindus in India began their practice approximately 5,000 years ago, and was called Ayurveda.

What Are the Benefits of Hot Stone Massage?

  1. Helps Relieve Muscle Tension and Pain - heat helps increase blood flow to affected areas allowing for the muscle to release tension and reduce pain.

  2. Circulation Improves - poor circulation causes muscle tension and fatigue. The heat from the stones penetrates the muscle to open your blood vessels and blood flows more freely through your body.

  3. Flexibility Increases - With regular hot stone therapy, you'll notice your flexibility improves over time. Your joints will be more relaxed, and you'll find it easier to move with less friction and pain.

  4. Your Spasms Decrease - With a hot stone massage, the benefit of heat loosens your muscles more effectively. This technique also helps reduce inflammation common with muscles in spasm.

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