Hot Stone Massage Therapy: The Magic is in the Stones

Massage comes in so many different styles. Admittedly, some are far more therapeutic than others. But, all of them are unique in their own special way. So, no matter what you’re in the mood for, there’s a massage for it. Whether that be pleasure, relaxation, working out sore muscles, going deep, etc. Hot Stone Massage Therapy is one of those amazing massage styles that can do all of the above, at once. When I first heard about it, I was understandably intrigued and instantly wanted to know more about it. After all, Hot Stone Massage Therapy is insanely popular. Even the most infrequent spa goer is at least mildly familiar with Hot Stone Massage Therapy, even if they’ve never actually tried it before. One question keeps popping into my mind though. What in the world are the hot stones used for?

Hot Stone Massage
By: Carrie A.

The Purpose Behind the Hot Stones

At first, I have to admit, I wondered if the stones might just be a novelty. But, that it most certainly, not the case. The hot stones actually serve a really important function during the massage. The heat from the hot stones helps your tense muscles to relax, and warms them up for the massage. But, their effects definitely don’t stop there. I’ve heard it said, on multiple occasions, that they seem to have a bit of a sedative effect on your body. Now, the big bonus behind this is that it allows your massage therapist to work on your muscles much more deeply, while minimizing the amount of pressure that has to be used to do it. Not to mention, the hot stones just have this natural restorative quality to them. Which makes Hot Stone Massage Therapy a great choice for soothing sore, tired muscles.

What to Expect with Hot Stone Massage Therapy

I know a lot of people are curious about the stones that are used in Hot Stone Massage Therapy. Which is understandable. But, there’s really no standard stone. They come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Although, the stones themselves are typically made of basalt, and heated in 120 to 150 degree water. They’re placed all over your body, but the placement of these stones is by no means random. They’re specifically placed alongside certain trigger points on your body, such as on your stomach, in between your toes, in the palms of your hands and especially along your spine. Among other things, this helps to give your circulation a boost.

Hot Stone Massage Therapy at Home

Luckily, you don’t have to go see a Hot Stone massage therapist to reap the benefits of  Hot Stone Massage Therapy. In fact, more and more people are practicing it on their own, in the comfort of their own home. Although, if you’re going to do that, I really recommend you know what you’re doing. This DVD set can really help you get up to speed quickly, and is probably one of the best ways to learn Hot Stone Massage Therapy, other than actually taking a class in it.

Hot Stone Massage Therapy Benefits

The potential benefits for Hot Stone Massage Therapy are all over the place. A few of them include: promoting relaxation in your mind and body, increasing your circulation, reducing stress and anxiety, relieving pain, easing muscle tension, increasing your flexibility, etc. The list goes on and on. But, keep in mind, those are just a few of the potential benefits you might see from Hot Stone Massage Therapy. But, by no means, should you take my word for it, go find out for yourself. I have a feeling you’ll be glad you did.