A hot stone massage is a variation of the typical massage which uses smoothe, water-heated stones on points around the body. Hot stone massage are deeply soothing and relaxing and act to release tight muscles.
Applying hot stones on the body increases the temperature of the skin and muscle tissue to improve circulation and calm the nervous system. As a result, hot stone massage are deeply relaxing and act to rebalance the body and mind. As the superficial muscles relax, a therapist can also massage the deeper muscles. The heat of the basalt stones release muscle tension faster than a classic Swedish massage.
As hot stone massages help improve circulation and are particularly beneficial for those who have cold feet and generally poor circulation. People who may benefit from hot stone massages include those who suffer from back pain, arthritis pain, stress/anxiety, depression and insomnia.
When using a cold application with the stones, Stone Massage causes an increase of muscle tone, an increase of the body’s stimulation, a decrease of pain, and a decrease of inflammation or swelling. Some of the well-known benefits of hot stone massage are: