Are you sleep-deprived or exhausted all the time? Hot stone therapy could be the solution. This therapy uses hot volcanic stones during massage to help ease stress and give relief from pain.
By Monali Bordoloi
Of late, marketing professional Shilpa Mulmani feels stressed all the time due to increasing pressures at work and home. Soon, she began to develop regular pain in her neck and shoulders. One day, while browsing online, she came across an advertisement of a hot stone massage in an upscale spa in her neighbourhood. Out of curiosity, she stepped into the spa one day after work. Two hours later, she is completely relaxed, and her body pain is gone.
Welcome to the world of hot stone therapy! Shilpa is not alone, many people are opting for this massage style to reduce muscle pain and relaxation. If you are fatigued most of the time and experience chronic body pain and feel lethargic, hot stone therapy could provide you with some much needed relief.
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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.
Pallavi Jain, a new mother says, "After the baby and resuming my job, my days are choc-a-block with tasks. As I am reading a lot about self-care for mommies, I am planning to try out this hot stone therapy this weekend for relaxation."
Founder of Meraki Spa and Wellness centre in Bangalore, Debanjan Kund says more and more people are trying out hot stone therapies as they are quite satisfied with the end result. We make sure that only trained staff handles this massage style.
Apart from warm stones, sometimes, cold stones are used during the massage. Placing cold stones help in relieving inflammation. It is also used to soothe the skin.
Apart from relaxation, hot stone therapy comes with several health benefits. Here are five of them:
Already planning a trip to the spa to have a hot stone therapy? However, keep in mind that it is not recommended for everyone.
It is important to note that you should always trust a 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. Go on and indulge!
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