A hot stone massage is a form of medicinal therapy and bodywork which involves the placement of several stones heated to the body, which relaxes the body and gets relieved from pain. There are various techniques and variations derived from a variety of traditional practices used in the applications of stone massage therapy.
What is Hot Stone therapy?
A specialised massage that uses flat, smooth and heated stones placed on the spine, along your legs and in the palms of your hands, and between the toes. Basalt stones taken from river beds are used for the massage, as they have rich iron content, which can retain heat. Cold marble stones are used to aid with the healing and detoxing of the body in the treatment.
How does it work?
The spa therapists use the warm stones taken from the water and heat them until they are under a precise temperature range between 120° to 130°F.
A hot stone massage will begin with a Swedish traditional massage technique that prepares your muscles. Then the warm stones are placed on key acupressure points, which then warms and relaxes the muscles allowing the deep pressure to be applied while massaging.
Allowing plenty of time for Hot Stone treatment, arriving 10 minutes prior, which allows you the time to relax. Avoiding heavy meals and drinking alcohol before the treatment.
Benefits of Hot Stone therapy
There are many advantages of Hot Stone therapy. Here are a few-
- With the help of this therapy, it relaxes the tense muscles.
- It aids the pain to get relieved
- It helps in getting out of depression
- Many therapies help in promoting sleep, and Hot Stone massage is one primary treatment.
- It improves blood circulation along with free-flow.
- It helps the people to relax from stress and fibromyalgia
- Back pain and muscular pain will be reduced.
- Depression and anxiety problems can be reduced after having this treatment.
Can everyone use Hot Stone therapy?
Hot Stone therapy is not for everyone as it is not recommended for anyone who is having diabetes, varicose veins, high blood pressure, decreased pain sensitivity, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, recent wounds, migraines, inflamed skin or weakened areas of the skin, metal implants, tumours, radiation, current chemotherapy, or medications that thin the blood. In the case of pregnant ladies, let the therapists know as they can have different measures and ways for the treatment.
In case of any severe medical conditions, have a doctor’s report that helps the therapists know which treatment is suitable for y in case of any extreme medical conditions.
Where can I get the best Hot Stone therapy?
There are many locations, but here are a few of the best therapy centres for Hot Stone.
- Belfast’s Olympia Spa
- Rainbow spa in Epsom
- Spa Experience Kensington
- York Hall in Bethnal Green
- Spa Experience Swiss Cottage
- Spa Experience Wimbledon
- Spa Experience Walthamstow
- Gosling Spa in Welwyn Garden City
- Ironmonger Row Baths in Old Street