In alternative medicine you will find quite a few treatments that are so lovely, you can hardly believe that these could possibly be medical interventions. Hot stone massages are one of these treatments that are designed for healing purposes but feel more like a luxury pampering session. These sessions are absolute musts for your bucket list and ideal for anyone who might be struggling with their physical or mental health.
What Is A Hot Stone Massage?
A hot stone massage is quite different from your regular massage. These sessions involve placing a number of heated or cooled stones on certain pressure points of the body. Hot stone massages can be combined with other therapeutic treatments like aromatherapy, deep tissue massaging or regular body massaging.
The stones are mostly used on your back along your spine. But they can be positioned in a variety of areas like the following;
- Along the length of your spine
- On your stomach
- On your chest
- On your face
- On your palms
- On your feet or toes
Massage therapists may also use all sorts of massaging techniques while using these stones. Some of the most common stone massage techniques include the following;
- Long strokes
- Circular movements
Why Hot And Cold Stones?
Smooth basalt river rocks are mostly used for hot stone massages because this type of rock holds heat well. This type of volcanic rock also heats up quickly and they are also quick to cool in a freezer or in icy waters.
Applying warm or cold pressure on certain trigger points can stimulate these areas and their connected nerves. This application of warm and cold temperatures may help treat pain and soothe sore muscles since warm therapy is ideal for soothing tension and increasing blood flow while cold therapy reduces inflammation.
Benefits of Getting a Hot Stone Massage
Getting a soothing hot stone massage offers quite a few great benefits. Here is a quick look at some of the best reasons to get this type of massage.
Relieves Muscle Tension and Pain
The warmth and massage techniques used to increase the blood flow to affected areas. This increases the flexibility of muscles and reduces tension in these areas so they will start to feel better.
Reduce Stress and Anxiety
These sessions are very soothing and will significantly reduce your current stress levels. You may also enjoy ongoing effects and continue to feel calmer long after enjoying the massage.
Back massages are terrific for relaxing and for inducing sleep. Babies who receive back massages tend to fall asleep much faster and usually wake up a lot more alert and in a better mood. These sessions have a similar effect on adults when they go to bed after getting a massage earlier that day.
Boosts the Immune System
Massages can have a huge impact on your immune system. These sessions may decrease your levels of arginine-vasopressin. When this hormone is decreased, your blood pressure becomes more regulated and water retention is reduced.
Reduces Symptoms of Autoimmune Diseases
Hot stone massages may reduce the symptoms of medical conditions like fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and other similar chronic conditions that can result in so much body pain and aches.
Can Reduce Cancer Symptom
Massages can reduce the intensity of many side effects of cancer such as pain, fatigue, stress, anxiety, nausea, and depression. The warm and cold pressure along with human touch can be very comforting to those with serious medical conditions.