What is a Hot Stone Massage?
Hot stone massage incorporates heated stones with massaging techniques to create an incredibly soothing massage. Hot stone massage is a variation on massage therapy with heated smooth, flat stones. The body deeply relaxes with the application of heat which allows the gentle pressure of the stones to ease out tension and release painful restrictions in the body. Circulation is increased from the heat and this helps to encourage healthy elimination of toxins and increases blood flow.
Benefits of Hot Stone Massage
Most people find the warmth of the hot stones to be comforting and relaxing.
Hot stone massage is suited to people who tend to feel chilly or who have cold feet. It’s also suited for people who have muscle tension but prefer a lighter massage. The heat relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist to work the muscles without using deep pressure.
People also get hot stone massage for a variety of health conditions:
- Back pain and aches
- Poor circulation
- Stress, anxiety and tension
Who Shouldn’t Get Hot Stone Massage?
Hot Stone massage is not appropriate if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or are on medication that thins your blood. You shouldn’t get a hot stone massage if you have a sunburn.
Massage is also not recommended for certain people:
- People with infectious skin disease, rash, neuropathy, or open wounds
- Immediately after surgery
- Immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor
- People prone to blood clots. There is a risk of blood clots being dislodged. If you have heart disease, diabetes, or circulatory conditions, check with your doctor before having a massage.
- Pregnant women should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting a massage during pregnancy. Women with high risk pregnancy should avoid hot stone massage.
- People with rheumatoid arthritis should avoid hot stone massage, because the heat of the stones may trigger a flare-up.
- Massage should not be done directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumors, abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures.