Following on from my post Why We Should All Take Time for a Massage, why not try another type of massage called a Hot Stone Massage.
A hot stone massage is a type of massage therapy. It’s used to help you relax and ease tense muscles and damaged soft tissues throughout your body.
Hot stone therapy is a professional massage that uses smooth, flat, heated basalt stones that are placed along your spine, in the palms of your hands, along your legs and between the toes. Basalt stones are used for massage as they have a rich iron content that retains heat. Cold marble stones are often used in the treatment to help aid with detoxing and healing the body. Before treatment, the rocks are heated in a professional heater to 110°F to 145°F.
The main difference between a hot stone massage and a regular massage is that the focal point of a hot stone massage is the use of stones to apply pressure during the massage therapy session to promote relaxation. Regular massages do not use stones to massage the body but instead focus on pressure points and muscles. In a regular massage, the massage therapist uses pressure from their hands to massage different areas of the body.
Some GP’s recommend it for the treatment of arthritis, fibromyalgia and hypertension. They say it may also help with the symptoms of anxiety and depression and it can help with stress by releasing muscle tensions. Other symptoms it can help with are blood circulation, promoting better sleep, and of course releiving pain.
It is said that a 60 minute massage is about the same as 8 hours of sleep to your body.