Hot Stones Massage
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A hot stone massage can be used during either during part or all of a treatment. It is used to help relax and ease tense muscles, to help heal damaged soft tissues throughout your body.
During a hot stone massage, heated stones are held in the palm of my hand and used to massage the body, they are not placed on the body and left. You feel a warm soothing sensation as I run the stone over your muscles, which allows me to sink deeper into the muscles to help them to release and ease away tension and soreness.
Using hot stones either during part or all of a treatment can help to relieve even significant muscle tension and pain. I find I use them mostly on calves, front of the thighs, hips, back, neck and shoulders. The heat from the stones helps to increase blood flow to the affected area, which brings oxygen to help heal tissue. I also find the heat reduces muscle spasms (great for those with restless legs) and can help with increasing range of movement as the muscles relax.
As with a lot of massage therapy, hot stones in particular is great for reducing stress and anxiety. Whether it the connection with the basalt massage stones that provides a client with a grounding experience, or whether the heat itself provides comfort and security, everyone always feels less stressed and anxious at the end of a treatment when using hot stones.
I also find that when I provide a hot stones massage, my clients are either more likely to fall asleep during a treatment or sleep better that evening and for a few more consecutive nights too.
My clients who experience muscle tension and pain, insomnia, or stress all benefit from a hot stone massage. It is a beautiful relaxing and warming treatment and can be used in conduction with other techniques or on its own.