Massage therapy is a great tool for relaxation and healing. Hot stones are commonly used to supplement muscle relaxation. Even if you routinely visit a massage therapist, introducing hot stones may take your experience to the next level.
Most people are hesitant to try hot stones because they either believe they have no benefits, or they imagine they will be burned. However, with over 2,000 years of history in aiding healing and treatment, the hot stone is more than reliable.
While the stock image for a hot stone massage shows stones placed (stationary) directly onto dry skin, this is not proper technique. All massage therapists are extensively trained in the techniques they use. Skin will typically be protected by a towel or cloth, and oils are often applied to the stone or skin as well. Your therapist will likely keep the stones moving to properly disperse the heat.
Another common misconception is that stones are used for deep tissue treatment. In reality, hot stones are a supplemental treatment primarily intended to aid in muscle relaxation, which makes it easier for your massage therapist to accurately work the muscles.
Pain relief and increased circulation are also regularly cited as benefits of hot stones. These smaller issues could be causing larger ones, like fatigue or a build up of lactic acid in the muscles (that’s what makes you sore after a hard workout!). So if you’re looking to relax, feel better physically and mentally, and make the most of your massage session, try adding hot stones.
To ensure health and safety of every client, consult with your massage therapist before using hot stones if you have any of the following conditions:
- Autoimmune dysfunctions
- Heart disease
- Skin conditions
- Recent surgeries
If you’re looking to release tight muscles, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, or increase your overall physical and psychological health, consider adding hot stones to your next table massage. Book an appointment today!