One of the best ways to relax and treat yourself to self-care is by scheduling a professional massage appointment. However, it’s not uncommon for spas to offer different kinds of massages.
Though you probably know what a regular massage is, do you know what a hot stone massage is? Depending on your body’s needs or what you’re looking for in your next massage, a hot stone massage may be just what you need to help you relax!
Take a look at some of the most commonly asked questions about hot stone massages before you book your next massage appointment:
What’s the difference between a hot stone massage and a regular massage?
A hot stone massage uses heated Basalt river rocks to apply pressure on different points of the body to relieve deeper muscle tissue without any discomfort. A regular massage only uses the pressure of the masseuse’s hands to relieve discomfort and focuses on specific muscle groups and pressure points.
What do the hot stones do, and what happens during a hot stone massage?
Hot stones retain heat very well, meaning that they can relieve discomfort and relax your body over a more extended period. While they will certainly help you with any of your areas of discomfort and conditions, hot stones will also help you achieve a deeper level of relaxation. In addition, the heat makes muscles more pliable, allowing your masseuse to access your problem areas easily.
Before your hot stone massage, a masseuse will prepare the stones by putting them in a professional heater and heating them to 110-145 degrees Fahrenheit. Once you arrive, your masseuse will strategically place the stones down your spine to relieve pressure. Stones may also be placed on your stomach, chest, feet, face, and even your toes or hand palms. Then, combining methods used in a traditional massage, your masseuse will use their hands to relieve more pressure at your points of discomfort. In general, your hot stone massage should take anywhere around 70-85 minutes.
What does a hot stone massage treat?
Hot stone massages can treat various health conditions, including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, varicose veins, migraines, rheumatoid arthritis, decreased pain sensitivity, recent wounds, areas of weakened or inflamed skin, tumors, and metal implants. It can also improve depression or anxiety. Before your massage begins, make sure to talk to your masseuse about any problem areas or other health conditions they should know about, as this could affect the course of your hot stone massage and the treatment you get during your massage.
What are the benefits of a hot stone massage?
In addition to helping improve several health conditions, a hot stone massage can also:
Improve sleep patterns/insomnia
Improve symptoms of autoimmune disease
Decrease cancer symptoms
Schedule your next hot stone massage at Salon James! We also offer other spa services and nail and hair appointments. Visit our website to learn more, or give us a call at (225) 636-2220 to schedule an appointment today! Relax as we pamper you!