Hot stone massage incorporates placing heated stones on the body and traditional massage techniques, such as Swedish massage, for a deeply relaxing and rejuvenating massage. The warm stones may be placed on the spine, feet, palms, chest, and even face. A massage therapist may also use the warm stones as they perform parts of the massage. Cold stones can also be incorporated in the massage depending on the client’s health needs and objectives. There are many benefits to hot stone massage.
The most obvious benefit to hot stone massage is relaxation and tension relief. Stress and anxiety cause muscles to tighten up, which in turn can cause mild to severe pain. Pain can then cause more stress which creates a cycle of stress and discomfort. Hot stone massage works to relieve the tension in muscles throughout the body. The warmth can relax muscles and allow the massage to penetrate deeper. When you are feeling tension throughout your body, hot stone massage can offer much needed relief.
Hot stone massage can also offer relief for chronic pain. Healthline cites studies that found people who suffer from fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis experienced less pain, improved sleep, and improved range of motion. If you are experiencing health complications due to chronic pain, you may want to try hot stone massage to ease some of your symptoms. Be sure you discuss any diagnosis, as well as your health needs and objectives with your massage therapist.
Improved circulation is another benefit of hot stone massage. The warm stones, combined with the massage can help open up blood vessels and increase blood flow throughout the body. Clients taking blood thinners should discuss whether or not hot stone massage is best for them, as this could be a risk factor.
Medical News Today cited a review that found massage can improve sleep for older populations. Many people experience lack of sleep due to stress, anxiety, and even back and neck pain. Hot stone massage can effectively address these causes of poor sleep and improve sleep quality. Consider trying hot stone massage as a natural way to improve sleep and feel well rested.
Talk to a Massage Therapist
If you are considering hot stone massage, talk to a massage therapist about whether or not it is right for you. Be sure to discuss any medical problems, diagnosed or undiagnosed. This will help the massage therapist determine the best massage for your health needs and goals. Combat persistent stress and tension, as well as muscle pain with a relaxing hot stone massage. Schedule yours at the Spa at Breckenridge today.