Therapeutic stone massage is a specialty that uses stones to promote healing and well-being. Hot stone therapy has been used in lots of different cultures for many years. The treatment involves the use of heated volcanic or Basalt stones. These particular stones are used due to their superior heat retaining properties. The stones are heated in a special heater to a comfortably warm temperature prior to treatment. The therapist uses the same strokes you may be used to in Swedish massage, but the heat from the stones penetrates more deeply but with less pressure, allowing for greater release of muscle tension and a wonderful sensation of warmth and touch. All of this brings about an improved flow of energy to the body and a greater sense of relaxation.
The Benefits of Hot Stone Massage are: Increased Circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs; Stimulation of the lymph system, the body’s natural defense against toxic invaders; Relaxing and softening injured and overused muscles. Reducing spasms and cramping; Increasing joint flexibility; Reducing recovery time for people who do strenuous workouts and eliminating subsequent pain for athletes at any level; Releasing endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller; Reducing post-surgery adhesions and edema, and reducing and realigning scar tissue after healing has occurred; Improving range of motion and decreasing discomfort for those with low back pain; Providing exercise, stretching and toning of muscles, reducing the shortening of muscles for those with restricted ranges of motion.