We all are working too hard and too fast to win in the race of life. We want the trophy of success. And often, we forget to pause. But when we do, we feel the discomfort and the pain, because we pushed ourselves way too hard. Thankfully, there are many ways in which we can pamper our tired selves and perk up to get back on the track. One such miraculous procedure is the hot stone massage.
A hot stone massage, technically, is a massage therapy. It helps you relax and eases the tense muscles in the body so that you loosen up. During the process, hot stones made of basalt are kept on specific parts of the body. These stones are actually volcanic rocks that retain heat, hence the name. Let’s get started and know all we can about this cool therapy which not only is as edgy as it sounds, but also in the way it feels. It’s hot and it’s in, literally, and you are going to thank us for introducing it to you.
Let’s go and find out more about it so that you are not late for your next hot stone massage treatment.
- Where and how are the hot stones placed?
- What are the benefits of a hot stone massage?
- What to consider before going for a hot stone massage?
- FAQs on a hot stone massage
Where and how are the hot stones placed?
Before we start counting the benefits off the back of our hands, we know that you are curious as to where the hot stones go! Well, trust us when we say, nowhere uncomfortable. A hot stone massage is supposed to loosen up all those tight muscles and awaken them so that you can relax and loosen your muscles. And it does exactly that. Following are some of the crucial pressure points where the stones are placed.
- On your stomach
- On your face
- On your toes
- On your feet
- Along your spine
- On your chest
Not only this, but the way the stones are placed also makes a lot of difference. Here are some of the techniques that most of the hot stone massage specialists go for.
- Circular movements
- Long strokes
Tapping Also, did you know that some times, even cold stones are used to give a hot stone massage? Well, the main mode of massage is via hot stones, but the cold ones are used after the massage to soothe the vessels that may have dilated. It is also helpful in soothing the skin after the massage.
Now that you know the ways and modes, it’s time to take a deeper look into all the benefits that this massage has to offer.
What are the benefits of a hot stone massage?
A hot stone massage, or for that matter, any massage, is an alternative form of medicinal massage which helps get rid of muscle and nerve aches. This means that if your doctor permits, this can be a good complementary method of making your treatment work even better. It provides an array of benefits, from treating anxiety to boosting immunity, which helps solve the majority of the health issues. Let’s get into those, one at a time.
1. Reduces stress and anxiety
A hot stone massage therapy is extremely good at reducing stress and anxiety. Studies have also proved that it improves blood circulation. It is also quite beneficial in reducing pain and stress that happens post surgeries and operations, of course after a consultation with your doctor.
2. Relieves the body of pain
A hot stone massage is extremely good at increasing the blood flow to the affected area. It is heat treatment, much more effective than other forms and modes of doing so. It also helps reduce any sort of muscle spasms and increases the body’s flexibility. As we mentioned, cold stones also play an important role here. Alternative therapy of hot and cold stones, depending upon how intense the pain is, is known to have amazing results.
3. Relieves autoimmune disease symptoms
This massage is known to have exemplary effects in treating fibromyalgia, or a chronic pain condition. Studies have suggested that the patients who received this massage experienced reduced pain and also slept better. Also, it helped tackle the trigger points of pain better. Massage therapy is a good option here.
4. Decreases cancer symptoms
Now, this is not in any way supposed to undermine the various, more aggressive modes of treatment. Hot stone massage therapy for cancer is just an alternative treatment meant to complement the existing one. A hot stone massage tackles the pain, stress, anxiety and nausea that comes with cancer and provides a comforting human touch. This helps give a positive result, along with the other treatments.
5. Helps increase sleep
Have insomnia? Ditch those sleeping pills and go for a hot stone massage. Various researches have proved that this massage is a far better alternative for the pills and has better effects. It helps loosen the body and relaxes it, thus aiding sleep. Also, it gives a more restorative sleep.
6. Boosts immunity
A good hot stone massage is also good at boosting immunity, thereby helping you get rid of any infection that you may otherwise catch.
What to consider before going for a hot stone massage?
Most of the time, this massage procedure is safe. Do not get it done via an amateur and ensure that you get a professional masseuse who is adept at the procedure. The worst-case scenario may happen either due to the inefficiency of the massage therapist or your inability to adapt to the massage. However, if you are careful, none of that will happen. Consult your doctor if you are being treated for some condition. Also, consult if you have any of the following cases:
- Burns on the skin
- Open wounds
- Bleeding disorder
- If you take blood thinners
- A low platelet count
- Blood clot history
- Any surgery in the last few weeks (six, to be sure)
Furthermore, be alert and keep an eye out. For instance, never have your hot stones heated in a microwave, oven, slow plate or even slow cooker. Only a massage stone heater should be used. Also, remember to have a barrier between the stones and your skin. It should never be put directly on you. A towel works best.
Another tip is to take a hot stone massage, or any massage for that matter, on a relaxed day. Take a day off and soak in the best that the massage has to offer you. If you run off to another rushed day post your massage, there is no point in unknotting those muscles and getting rid of all that stress. So, remember to take the day off and be relaxed so that the massage works in the best way possible, and has lasting effects on you.
FAQs on a hot stone massage
Q. Can a pregnant woman get a hot stone massage?
A. Prenatal massages are good, but not a hot stone massage. This one is not recommended for pregnant women.
Q. What should be the perfect stone temperature?
A. Ideally, 145 degrees is a good temperature for the hot stones. This temperature is good enough to address the pain points.