Apply Warmth of the Earth to Ease Muscle Aches
Hot stone massage is a specialty massage, where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones as an extension of their own hands, or by placing them on the body. The heat can be deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles, so the therapist can access deeper muscle layers. Hot stone massage therapy melts away tension and eases muscle stiffness. The hot stones also expand blood vessels, which encourages blood flow throughout the body and increases circulation.
Hot Stones Play an Important Role in Massage Therapy
The use of warm stones as part of effective massage therapy can help the therapist reach deep into areas of the body where the body tends to hold pain. Certain medical conditions, such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and pain in other chronic locations such as the head, hips, and back, may benefit from the placement of hot stones.
Therapists are instructed how to best warm the stones, use a sheet or towel between the stones and client, and how to time the use of the stones. Using stones is an effective tool as long as it is not over-used. Therapists must be able to clearly communicate the use of hot stone massage and know whether there may be a medical complaint that might contraindicate the use.
Body Reactions to Hot Stone
There may be various body reactions due to the application of hot stones in the massage session. The therapist may choose to apply one time, or have the client return for multiple applications. These rounds of hot stone and massage can work effectively. However, therapists must be cautious of burns, skin flushing, weakness, or other indications of body reaction or distress.
- Provide relief from pain associated with fibromyalgia, arthritis, carpel tunnel syndrome, and other chronic conditions
- Increase flexibility in joints, aiding in easier mobility & movement
- Relieve pain & tension created by strained & contracted muscles
- Decrease pain & muscle spasms
- Reduce chronic stress & tension
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