Winter time is cold, consider warming it up with a Hot Stone Massage!
A hot stone massage is a 90-minute therapeutic massage using perfectly heated stones. The volcanic stones are heated to the perfect temperature and applied to the muscles of the back. Other hot stones are applied to key muscles in the arms and legs and even between the toes.
Hot stones is especially effective for people who need deep tissue therapy. The hot stones loosen the muscles and fascia with their penetrating heat and gentle, gliding pressure. Hot stone therapy is perfect for people who could benefit from a deep tissue massage but are sensitive to the increased pressure that is usually associated with a deep tissue treatment.
Hot Stone massage is excellent for pain relief. Heat is a typical treatment for muscle soreness and the heat from the hot stones helps to relax muscles and tendons, making them more flexible. Heating the muscles of the back before beginning a deep tissue massage helps since massaging muscles that are too tight or strained can be painful. With relaxed muscles, your therapist can penetrate the muscles more deeply to relieve pain.
Hot stone therapy can also improve circulation by opening up the blood vessels and allowing more oxygen and nutrients to reach your muscles. Poor circulation in your extremities can lead to stiff muscles as well as lactic acid buildup. Your therapist will place the stones strategically to help improve the blood flow to your problem areas. Improved circulation also plays a role in cell renewal and lymphatic drainage.
Massage therapy in general but also hot stone therapy reduces stress and tension in the body. The physical symptoms of stress like tight muscles and poor sleep can be treated with massage. Relaxation from massage therapy washes away symptoms of stress while reducing blood pressure and fatigue. Restful sleep is also restored by massage therapy, helping you to keep stress at bay.
Prepare for your hot stone massage therapy by drinking plenty of water! Communicate to your therapist areas of your body that are troubling you. After your massage, drink more fluids to help with the restoration process.