Warm Up With a Hot Stone Massage
As fall is in full color changing mood, it often makes us want to stay indoors with a hot cup of tea and a warm blanket. And as winter approaches, it can also affect our muscles, making it difficult for them to contract, which causes a feeling of stiffness and discomfort in the body. When looking for ways to warm up, why not consider a hot stone massage?
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HOT STONE MASSAGE?
It is believed that hot stones were once used by Native Americans to relieve aching muscles or joints in the body. Stones were warmed by the fire and then placed upon specific points of the body. Today, the heated rocks used for hot stone massage act as an extension of the massage therapist’s hands. Using stones of varying sizes and with varying amounts of pressure, the massage therapist moves the stones over the body in a very specific pattern to achieve ideal results.
Usually, hot stone massage begins with the individual lying face down as stones are placed along the spine. This can help to relieve particularly tense muscles so that they can be more easily massaged. The warming heat from the stones penetrates deeply into the muscles, bringing about relaxation and normal contraction.
Hot stone massage can provide many of the same benefits as Swedish massage, with the additional benefits provided by heat. It can provide deep relaxation, relief for tired and tight muscles and a better elimination of built-up toxins. It has even been said that this massage can help provide relief to individuals who suffer arthritis, bursitis, depression, and insomnia. That being said, this particular massage is not recommended for individuals who suffer from diabetes or high blood pressure, who take blood-thinning medication or who are pregnant or menopausal.
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During the cold winter months, few things may be more effective at warming your body, or more relaxing, than a massage specifically using heat techniques. Try it for yourself and see!