Posted by Devin Godfrey, LMT on August 13, 2014
What is Hot Stone Massage and how does it work?
Hot Stone massage uses soothing oils and heated basalt stones to relax your muscles, allowing for a deeper and more intense all-over massage that melts away tension, eases muscle stiffness recharging your energy levels and increases circulation and metabolism.
The size of the stones varies, according to which part of the body your therapist is treating with a customized massage, which offers enhanced benefits. Before you arrive, the stones are sanitized and heated in a bath of 120 to 150 degree water. The stones themselves are usually basalt; a black volcanic rock absorbs and retains heat well, and has been smoothed by natural forces in the river or sea. Your therapist will use a variety of strokes and techniques to massage you, working the stones and her hands over your muscles working out knots. The massage may be quite strong, although you are unlikely to feel the intensity since your muscles will be relaxed by the stones. As your body sinks further into a state of relaxation, you may even stop noticing the extreme changes in temperature.
Massage releases toxins from your body. When muscles are massaged, toxins that are clogged within are released. This is why; it's advised that clients drink plenty of water after a session to help flush out those unhealthy and unwanted toxins. 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. More often doctors are recommending this therapy as part of medical treatment for Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, depression, circulation issues and musculoskeletal problems.