5 Little Known Health Benefits Of Hot Stone Therapy

Do you know that hot stone therapy can help you sleep better? This therapy uses hot volcanic stones during massage to help ease stress and give relief from pain.

By Monali Bordoloi

5 Little Known Health Benefits Of Hot Stone Therapy

Of late, marketing professional Vidyut Mulmani feels stressed due to steep sales targets at work and multiple responsibilities at home. Soon, he develops pain in his neck and shoulders. One day, while browsing the net, he notices one advertisement for a hot stone massage in an upscale spa in his neighbourhood. Out of curiosity, he steps in the spa one day after work. When he steps out two hours later, he is completely relaxed, and his body pain is gone. 

Welcome to the world of hot stone therapy. Many people are opting for this massage style to reduce muscle pain and for relaxation. If you are suffering from chronic pain, hot stone therapy could provide some relief.

How is it done?

In hot stone massage, the therapist places smooth warm stones against the specific points on the body. As the warm stones loosen up the tight muscles of the body, the therapist massages the body for deep tissue relaxation. Stones are placed after the massage also. The flat stones used in this therapy can retain heat for a long time. These are usually made of basalt. Usually, the stones are heated in the range of 130 to 145 degrees. However, it depends on the tolerance level of each client. The placement of the stones also depends on each therapist. In general, the stones are placed, along with the spine, on the stomach, the chest, feet and toes and on the face and palms too.

Use of cold stones:

Apart from warm stones, sometimes, cold stones are also used during a hot stone massage. Placing cold stones help in relieving inflammation. It is also used to soothe the skin.

Health benefits of hot stone massage:

Apart from relaxation, hot stone therapy has many health benefits

  1. Relieving body pain
    The hot stones used in the therapy help in expanding the blood vessels which results in better blood flow throughout the body. If you are suffering from lower back pain or pain in the joints, a session of hot stone therapy could be the answer. Many people report better flexibility after a hot stone massage.
  2. Relaxing muscles
    If you have difficulty in movements due to tense muscles, a session of hot stone massage could cure it. As the hot stones coupled with massage release the tension in the muscles, you feel more comfortable to move. A good session of hot stone massage also said to boost your immunity.
  3. Relieving stress
    If you are one of those persons who feel secure and comfortable with touch, hot stone massage could act as a stress-buster. The soothing hands of the therapist could alleviate all accumulated stress and thereby give you a calm experience. As stress is the root cause of many diseases, removing stress from our lives leads to overall good health.
  4. Reducing muscle spasms
    If you suffer from painful spasms, then this relaxing hot stone treatment could come to your rescue. When the hot stones are placed in the specific areas of the body, the heat from the stones loosen the muscle knots that cause spasms. It reduces the pain from spasms too.
  5. Helps in sleeping better
    If you have difficulty in falling asleep, an invigorating hot stone massage carried out by an expert will help you in getting a good night’s sleep.

Who should avoid it?

Already planning a trip to the spa to have a hot stone massage therapy? However, keep in mind that it is not recommended for everyone.

If you are pregnant, then give it a miss. Also, those of you with heart conditions, high blood pressure and diabetes are advised to stay away from hot stone massage. It is also not recommended if you have burns and open wounds. People suffering from deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) should also refrain from it. If you are suffering from skin disorders like eczema, rashes or psoriasis, hot stone massage could aggravate it. It is better to avoid.

It is important to note that you should always trust certified, trained professional to give you a hot stone massage. Also, make sure that stones are heated properly and never use stones that have been heated in a microwave, hot plate or a cooker.

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