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Hot Stone Massage Therapy

by Victoria Linn |

Dating back as far as 5000 years ago, hot stone massage was used in India, Japan and China as part of their healing work and therapeutic purposes. The use of hot stone therapy started to become popular in the US in the 1990’s and was generally seen as a way of being pampered while enjoying a day at the spa.  It has now become far more recognized as a credible alternative and a supportive adjunct therapy for specific problems such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, carpel tunnel, pain relief, anxiety and depression, improved appetite and insomnia.

As an example, a single hot stone over the stomach helps relieve stomachaches and aids the digestive system. This is possible due to the increased blood flow, which helps the removal of waste products and stimulates the immune system. This modality, however, is not beneficial for everyone. Be sure to check with your physician and your massage therapist if you have any major health problems before proceeding.

Hot stones placed strategically on either side of your spine; allow the heat from the stones to penetrate deeply into the muscles.  In conjunction with massage therapy, the rest of your body is treated using the pre-oiled, heated stones.  Basalt River rocks are the most commonly used stones for this procedure.  These flat stones easily retain their heat while several different techniques are applied during the treatment.  The most sought after method is deeper work, using the side of the stones to smooth out those annoying knots that cause pain and discomfort.

Colder temperatures signal the beginning of “winter season.” With all of its unique beauty come unique challenges.  Staying warm being a top priority, Hot Stone Massage Therapy gives you that.  Generally speaking, most folks like to get a hot stone massage simply because it feels good and they are far more relaxed afterwards. In fact, once experienced, most people are hooked and tend to continue their treatments all year round, no matter the weather!

In short, not only do you feel better physically, you also gain an improved sense of tranquility and general well being. So, whether you want a deep therapeutic massage, profound relaxation or to simply warm your bones, you’re sure to enjoy the experience.

References:

  1. www.castineconsulting.com.
  2. www.massagetherapy.com/hotstone 2010.
  3. www.altmedicine.com/massagetherapy.

For more info, contact Massage Envy on South Virginia in Reno at (775) 853-8399.