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Hot Stone Massage Therapy Services
Hot stones, when used by a professional massage therapist, have many benefits beyond the natural relaxation they promote. A hot stone massage combines the techniques used in multiple disciplines of massage with the added hot stone benefits of improved circulation, reduced inflammation, detoxification and more.
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What is a hot stone massage?
A hot stone massage is a type of therapeutic massage that involves the use of smooth, heated stones as part of the massage technique. The stones are usually made of basalt, a volcanic rock with excellent heat-retaining properties.
During a hot stone massage, the therapist places the stones on specific points on the client’s body, often along the spine, on the hands, or between the toes. The stones’ warmth helps relax muscles, increase circulation, and reduce stress and anxiety.
In addition to placing the stones on the body, the therapist may also use them as a massage tool, using the heat to penetrate deeper into the muscle tissue and provide a more effective massage.
What are some benefits of hot stone massages?
- Relaxation: The stones’ warmth helps to relax the muscles and ease tension, promoting a sense of calm and peace.
- Pain relief: The heat from the stones can help to reduce muscle stiffness and inflammation, which can help to alleviate pain and soreness.
- Improved circulation: The heat from the stones can increase blood flow to the massaged area, which can improve circulation and promote healing.
- Stress reduction: Hot stone massages are known for their ability to reduce stress and anxiety, as the stones’ warmth can help calm the mind and promote a sense of well-being.
- Better sleep: Many people find that they sleep better after a hot stone massage, as the treatment can promote relaxation and reduce feelings of anxiety and stress.
- Detoxification: The heat from the stones can help to open up the pores and stimulate the lymphatic system, which can aid in the elimination of toxins from the body.
- Improved flexibility: By reducing muscle tension and promoting relaxation, hot stone massages can help to improve range of motion and flexibility.
What is the difference between a regular massage and a hot stone massage?
The main difference between a regular and a hot stone massage is the use of heated stones. In a regular massage, the therapist typically uses their hands, fingers, and elbows to apply pressure to the muscles and soft tissues of the body. The therapist may also use other techniques, such as stretching, kneading, or deep tissue work, to help release tension and relieve pain.
In a hot stone massage, the therapist uses smooth, heated stones as a massage tool, either by placing them on specific areas of the body or using them to massage the muscles. The stones’ heat can help relax the muscles and promote deeper relaxation.
How do you prepare for a hot stone massage?
You can do a few things to make the most of your hot stone massage.
- Arrive early
- Drink plenty of water
- Avoid eating a heavy meal before
- Use the restroom
How long does a hot stone massage last?
A hot stone massage can last 50 to 90 minutes, depending on your preference.
Geri León, a board-certified Massage Therapist, is ready to help you feel amazing. Contact us today to learn more and schedule a session if you are in the greater East Bay Area, including Castro Valley, Hayward, San Leandro, Dublin, & Pleasanton.