Did you know that hot stone massage therapy is an ancient treatment method, that is still being used today, to bring relaxation and healing to the body? Hot stone massage is known to ease muscle stiffness and increase circulation to promote healing and wellbeing. But how does hot stone massage therapy work? What are the benefits of hot stone massage? Here’s what you need to know!
Hot stone massage therapy works in the following way: Smooth, heated stones are placed along specific points of the patient’s body to send the heat into the treated areas. The massage therapist may also hold the stones and run them along the patient’s oiled skin while giving the massage. The weight and warmth of the stones help the muscles to relax, allowing the therapist to apply deeper pressure without discomfort.
The key element of hot stone massage that makes it different from other types of massage therapy is the use of stones. Many therapists will use basalt river rocks, which retain heat well. These stones are heated in a special stone heater until they reach a certain temperature range (110 an 130 degrees Fahrenheit in most cases). They need to be at a safe range to avoid burning the patient, but warm enough to retain and distribute heat well. Therapists will use their study of anatomy to guide the placement of the stones to balance the energy of the mind and body. Some therapists will also use long strokes, kneading, and rolling in addition to the stone placement.
There are many benefits of hot stone massage therapy and they go beyond relieving muscle soreness and stiffness. Here are some of the ways hot stone massage can help you:
Hot stone massage has remained a popular, natural method of healing, and many of today’s spas and physiotherapy offices provide their own versions of the massage. Whether you have a chronic condition or simply want to enjoy the relaxing benefits of hot stone massage, it is important to speak with your doctor to find out if it is right for you. There are some people who should not have hot stone therapy such as people who have recently had surgery or have recent wounds or weakened skin.
However, hot stone massage therapy can be highly beneficial to people who have stress, anxiety, muscle pain, or joint problems. If you want to benefit from the relaxation and healing of hot stone massage therapy in the GTA, we can help.
At MedRehab Group, we will work with you to treat your chronic pain, physical health conditions, and injuries. We serve patients in Brampton, Georgetown, Hamilton, Toronto, Richmond Hill/Maple, Vaughan, Woodbridge, and Pickering. We strive to do our best to meet our patients’ expectations. Contact us at 1-888-409-4058 to book your initial physiotherapy assessment.
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