A hot stone massage is a type of massage therapy. It’s used to relax and ease muscle tensions and damaged soft tissues. Hot stones are made from basalt, an indestructible volcanic rock that retains heat. During a hot stone massage, flat and smooth stones are arranged on specific parts of your body. These therapeutic massages are more efficient with stone heaters, and thai herbal compresses. Sport enthusiasts can also enjoy heatable gel pads to combine with the massage. Theses pad can also be frozen.
What are the benefits?
Relieve muscle tension and pain
Heat has always relived muscle tension and pain. It increases blood circulation on the heated areas. It can also increase flexibility. Cold therapy is known to relieve inflammation. Alternate both therapy can be beneficial for some conditions.
Back massage therapy promote relaxation and sleep. A study in 2001 proved that baby with sleep problems who had a massage by their parents felt sleep quickly than without massage. They were also more alert, active, and positive when they woke up. Massage is known to encourage restorative sleep, even if we are not sure why.
Decrease cancer symptoms
A long study published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management showed how massage treatment can affect pain, fatigue, stress and anxiety, nausea, and depression in people with cancer. We saw that massage diminished cancer symptoms, even in those with substantial symptoms. It can also be linked with the warm human touch.
Massage may boost your immune system. A single session of hot stone massage therapy can have a positive and acute impact on immunity system. After the massage, we can observe a decrease in arginine-vasopressin, a hormone that regulate blood pressure and water retention.