Shikha Mittal


Hot Stone Massage Therapy And It’s Benefits

We all are having too busy schedule and we continue chase our dream without taking a pause, without taking a break. Get some time for yourself so that with full of energy you again run behind your dreams or goals. So, how to use this break?  As we push our body and mind so hard that we forget they also need to pamper. Your body and mind need some relaxation. And getting a perfect massage is the best way to give you a gift of relaxation. You can also try Hot Stone Massage therapy.

Basically Hot Stone Massage is an ancient technique which has been developed and perfected over centuries into its current practice. A hot stone massage is a specific type of massage therapy which uses hot, smooth, flat stones to release tension and ease damaged soft tissues. These stones are heated and then lubricated with oil or essential oils. The stones retain the heat and are used as an extension of the therapist’s hands during a standard massage session. These stones are placed on key areas of your body and provide many therapeutic and restorative functions. The premise behind hot stone massage therapy is that the direct heat of the stones relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist access to their deeper muscle layers.

Often times, people find Hot Stone Massage to be more effective than a regular massage Similar in effectiveness to a Swedish, or Deep Tissue Massage, the hot stone brings an additional element of heat to the mix, which can be super-effective at breaking down annoying knots, alleviate any pain you may be suffering from, easing the tension in your back and directing fluid towards your lymph nodes in a bid to correct your posture. The result is a soothing and deeply relaxing massage, but what else is great about Hot Stone Massage?

Lesser stress- The winter is a stressful time for many people. Not only do you have to deal with the stresses of working and taking care of a family, but you may also spend a lot of time preparing for the holidays. This stress can take a toll on your health if you do not get it under control. You can alleviate your stress when you get massages. Studies have shown that massages can reduce cortisol levels in your body. Cortisol is the stress hormone. Every second will seem like it’s erasing a minute’s worth of stress.  You may even lose track of time.  It can be that relaxing.  There is simply no drug in the world that can reproduce this effect.

Boost immunity- in today era, immunity plays a vital role to fight against all the diseases.  A single session of massage therapy has a significant positive effect on hormones in the blood that regulate blood pressure and water retention, both of which help to increase the immune system and link hot stone massages to increased health and general wellbeing. To get a hot stone massage in the winter or cold months when we are most likely to catch an infection, cold or cough and to help avoid those dreaded ‘Winter blues’ as a truly amazing Irish Summer draws ever nearer conclusion.

Better flow of oxygen- More oxygen = faster recovery. It’s the heated part that is most important when getting a hot stone massage because the temperature works with your body from the outside, in. You need the raised temperature of the stones to get your blood flowing to your muscles because it’s how oxygen is transported throughout our systems.

Chronic pain- Hot stone therapy will increase in the temperature of the tissues, that elicited by the placement of the hot stones, increases blood flow in the area. This helps with the removal of any lactic, uric or other waste products that have built up in the tissues.  This is said to produce an analgesic (pain relieving) effect. These physical relaxation effects along with the positive mental/emotional effects of massage therapy make hot stone massage a good option for treating chronic pain. This therapy also helps tens in relaxing tight muscles, muscular aches. Pains are relieved as heat penetrates the muscles causing immediate relaxation

Muscle in good shape- If you are like most people, then you are probably a lot less active during the winter months. You can keep your joints and muscles limber by getting winter massages.

Good for mental health- Along with stress reduction a hot stone massage can also improve your mental health.  Those who are experiencing depression or anxiety may notice a decrease after receiving a massage.  Some of you also find that your mood is better after you get a massage. It can release serotonin and endorphins, which are the same chemicals that your body releases when it is exposed to sunshine. You can fight the winter blues if you go to the day spa on a regular basis.

Better sleep- Speaking of insomnia, hot stone massages can help with sleep. Not only is regular Swedish massage recommended to help with insomnia, but the addition of heat allows the patient to feel more peaceful, better able to fall asleep, and able to fall asleep faster.

Whatever therapies you choose you need to clear all your body condition to the therapist. Also in hot stone massage therapy your therapist will ask about your general health you have to be open with any issues you are having as some conditions do not benefit from the use of additional heat. Let your therapist know if the pressure or touch is too much or too little and communicate throughout the massage to let your therapist know if the stones are too hot or lose too much of their warmth. So that you will get better results!

Heat therapy, combined with the benefits of a massage performed by a skilled registered massage therapist (RMT), has been shown to reduce the levels of circulating cortisol (stress hormone) in the blood.  This helps with a deeper relaxation throughout your treatment session.