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The Many Benefits of Hot Stone Massage

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The Many Benefits of Hot Stone Massage

Hot stone massage is a natural therapy in which warmed stones are carefully positioned on parts of the client’s body to bring about therapeutic benefits. The stones used are typically river rocks or other very smooth-surfaced stones made of basalt. These stones are heated in sanitizing water before use. The high iron content in basalt helps the stones retain heat during the massage. Hot stone massages are beneficial on both physical and psychological levels.

Muscle Relaxation

The heat from the stones helps your muscles relax, allowing the massage therapist to manipulate your deep tissues more effectively. Overly tense muscles can hinder the massage procedure, so if your muscles are extremely tight or stiff, the heated stones may provide the extra relaxation you need for the massage to be beneficial in releasing tension and easing sore muscles.

Pain Relief

While all types of massage can help relieve pain caused by tense muscles, stiff joints or injuries, a hot stone massage may provide greater relief due to the intense nature of the massage. Because the hot stones allow the massage therapist to penetrate deeper, you may find that a hot stone massage leaves you feeling physically better than a Swedish or deep-tissue massage that does not incorporate heat. It is important to let your massage therapist know if you feel that the heat from the stones is too much or that the pressure she is using is too harsh. Exessive pain or discomfort during the massage process can cause more harm than good after the massage is over.

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Improved Circulation

Typically, a massage therapist allows the heated stones to rest on trigger points in your body for a while before beginning the actual massage. As the heat from the stones penetrates into your deeper body tissues, your blood vessels dilate, resulting in improved circulation. Poor circulation can lead to fatigue, which tenses the muscles, and brings about a buildup of fluid and lactic acid in them. Increased circulation delivers more blood and oxygen to the muscles, which can help to flush out the excess fluid and lactic acid, and, thereby, eases aches and pains.

Mental Benefits

Massage therapy can result in mental benefits as well as physical ones in many people. You may find that the relaxation afforded to you through a hot stone massage helps ease some of your mental stress and tension. The relaxation afford by a hot stone massage may also help you combat anxiety and depression.

Winter is a Great Time for a Hot Stone Massage

If the winter months in your area are very cold, this is probably the best time to try hot stone therapy because, in addition to all of the benefits mentioned above, it really helps to get the chill out of your body. If you live in a warmer region, hot stone therapy is still of benefit for the muscle relaxation, pain relief, and improved circulation it brings.

Most massage salons offer it now-a-days, and will gladly incorporate it into your session if you ask. If you are in Atlanta, stop by Jo Jo’s Massage and give it a try, but no matter what city or state you live in you should be able to find a good salon that offers this treatment.

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