Hot Stone Massage

Posted: October 31st, 2011

Hot stone massage combines traditional massage therapy with the use of flat smooth stones that are warmed and placed on various parts of the body. Therapists may also hold the stones and massage parts of the body with the stone. Typically, the stones that are used are river rocks because they are exceptionally smooth and are made of basalt. Basalt is enriched with iron which helps them retain heat. Before the therapist uses the rocks, they will sanitize them in water. Afterwards, they will be heated by the use of electricity. The rocks are placed on the client's back, palms, legs, hands and between the toes. This is a very beneficial therapeutic experience because it helps heal people physically and psychologically. One of the greatest benefits of this type of massage is that heated stones relax the muscles. When the muscles are relaxed, deeper pressure can be applied to the body. Heated stones also help improve circulation. Generally, the stones are placed on the body and left there for a short period of time before the massage begins. This allows the heat to penetrate the skin and open up the blood vessels which helps improve circulation. Hot stone massage also helps alleviate pain due to stiff joints or injury. In addition, it helps ease back pain, backaches, and pain due to arthritis, anxiety, stress, tension, sleeplessness and depression. It is a very relaxing and calming massage therapy. Typically, a session lasts from an hour to an hour and a half. To schedule your hot stone massage contact Space Coast Massage at 321-729-9000.