WHAT IS A HOT STONE MASSAGE?
Hot stone massage therapy melts away tension, eases muscle stiffness and increases circulation and metabolism. The premise behind hot stone massage therapy is that the direct heat of the stones relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist access to their deeper muscle layers. Combining hot stone protocols with a full body massage provides a very healing and effective experience. The hot stones also expand blood vessels, which encourages blood flow throughout the body. The hot stones have a sedative effect that can relieve chronic pain, reduce stress and promote deep relaxation.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A HOT STONE MASSAGE?
During a hot stone massage, smooth, flat, heated stones are massaged around tender points. The stones are usually made of basalt, a type of volcanic rock that retains heat. According to the University of New Hampshire Health Services, hot massage stones are heated to between 130 and 145 degrees. Don’t worry though, our massage therapists only handle the rocks when massaging and will never be left on the body. This issuers that there is absolutely zero risk of burning a patient.
COMMON CONDITIONS TREATED
- Provides Relief from Pain Associated with Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Other Chronic Conditions
- Decreases Pain and Muscle Spasms
- Reduces Chronic Stress and Tension
- Increases Flexibility in Joints, Aiding in Easier Mobility and Movement
- Relieves Pain and Tension Created by Strained and Contracted Muscles
THINGS TO REMEMBER
Dehydration can stiffen the fascia and muscles, which translates to a more painful massage. Ensure you’re sipping adequate amounts of H20 before you hop on the table. If you are dealing with a serious injury though, and don’t have a diagnosis, definitely see one of our doctors. While a therapist can identify and attempt to alleviate any tightness and inflammation in the body, it is very important you first consult with a doctor. Once a diagnosis is given, your massage therapist can work with that information and use massage as a helpful tool in recovery.