Hot stone massages are becoming increasingly popular. And with so many health benefits, it’s easy to see why. Before going in for one, it’s important to know how it works, why you want to do it, and the possible risks associated with it. Knowing what’s going on will help you relax when it’s time to get on the table, which is why we’re going to give you all the information you need to decide if a hot stone massage is right for you.
How Does it Work?
During a hot stone massage, multiple basalt stones heated to between 130 and 145 degrees Fahrenheit are placed on your body. The placement pattern is designed to target the places which hold the most tension, such as your spine, chest, stomach, neck, and face. The massage therapist will grip the stones and massage your body with them. This is usually done with long strokes, circular motion, kneading, and tapping. The massage therapist may use chilled stones afterwards to soothe the skin. Hot stone massages are recommended for anyone who is experiencing muscle tension, insomnia, anxiety, or stress.
Why Should I Get One?
Studies have shown that hot stone massages can be beneficial in many ways. Heat has been used to treat sore, painful muscles for a very long time. Applying heat to aching muscles aides in flexibility and range of motion, releases tension from the muscles, and reduces muscle spasms. Massage has also been proven as an effective stress and anxiety reducer, namely in a 1997 study which concluded that a 15-minute onsite massage in the workplace greatly reduced stress among workers compared to a regular 15-minute break with no massage. Massages also promote restful sleep and may even be an alternative to sleeping pills for adults. Massages can also relieve symptoms of autoimmune disorders and chronic pain conditions.
What are the Risks?
There are some conditions which may make a hot stone massage risky or unsafe for you. If you’re taking blood thinners, recovering from surgery, have a fracture or osteoporosis, or if you have open burns or wounds on your skin, you should consult your doctor to see if a hot stone massage is right for you. Most massage therapists will not put hot stones on pregnant women. If you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant, consult your doctor and find a prenatal massage therapist to ensure you have a safe massage experience. There should also always be a barrier between your skin and the hot stones to prevent burns, and your massage therapist should only be using a professional stone heater for your massage stones. Always ask your massage therapist to show you how they heat the stones. Stones heated in a microwave, slow cooker, oven, or on a hot plate should not be used for a hot stone massage. These heating methods are harder to control and could result in burns or nerve damage if used for a hot stone massage.
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