The Hot Stone Therapy started way back 2,000 years ago when Chinese used heated stones to improve their internal organs’ functioning. Hot stone therapy is a kind of Swedish massage in which a smooth, and flat basalt stones are heated and positioned on the spine, in the palms, legs, and between the toes. Basalt stones are rich in iron that has the capability to retain the heat. That is why this kind of stones are used for the massage. Cold marble stones are used to detox and heal the body from an external injury. Hot stone therapy is helpful for the people who suffer from stress, back pain, muscular pain, fibromyalgia, insomnia, depression or anxiety, and poor circulation.
The heated stones help in relaxing muscles, especially your deep tissues. Rigid and stiff muscles often cause hindrances in the massage process. So, if your muscles are extremely tight, the heated stones will have to put on the extra effort to relax your tissues. It is very much helpful in releasing tension and easing sore muscles.
Hot Stone Massage therapy is something that helps massage therapist to penetrate deeper and make you feel physically better than any other massage therapy. Though all the massage therapies help in the relaxation process but this is the reason why hot stone massage is a way better. The only thing you need to do is to let your therapist know about the heat you feel from the stones that if it is too much or the pressure the therapist is using is harsh or not.
This massage therapy targets your trigger points of the body and rest the heated stones on the key parts of your muscles. As the heat from the stones penetrates into your body tissues, your blood vessels open which eventually improves the blood circulation. The proper and increased blood circulation can deliver more oxygen to the muscles as compared to the poor one.
Massage therapy can also provide mental benefits to the people. The relaxation that a heated stone delivers provides a lot of mental relief to the people which release stress and tensions. It also helps to fight depression to a large extent.
While there are a lot of benefits of hot stone massage, there are also certain side effects attached to it. Some of these are as follows.
The hot stone massage therapy causes a loss of water in the body. Since it instills a lot of heat in the body. This heat and pressure induce sweating, which may result in dizziness. Therefore, it is highly recommended for drinks fluids before and after the massage. When your massage is over, be sure to avoid sudden or quick movements.
Some medications attached to this therapy such as thyroid hormones and amphetamines may cause unfavorable reactions. These medications also make you intolerant to heat.
It is not necessary that this type of massage therapy is suitable for your skin type. The massage stone may be heated too long which can be unsuitable for some types of skin. Inform your therapist if you feel any kind of irritation on your skin.
It may also cause nausea or a headache, fatigue or tiredness due to the elimination of toxins, frequent toilet visits to remove waste and impurities, flared medical conditions, skin spots as a result of dispensed toxins, and perspiration.
The primary motive to give a massage to someone is to make him feel relax. Thus, deep tissue massage also plays the similar role. It helps a person to ease the stress in a healthy manner. In a journal of the National Medical Association, it was observed in 2003 that 60 to 80 percent of people prone to stress visit doctor’s clinic. Stress can damage the mental and then physical health of a person. So, it is very important for a person to stay away from unwanted stress.
Deep tissue massage also eases the pain. In a research published in an April 2014 issue of Manual Therapy, it was found that deep tissue massage to posterior calf muscles, along with self-stretching exercises can help in the reduction of participants’ pain associated with plantar fasciitis. Additionally, deep tissue massage can also be used for fibromyalgia, tennis elbow or low-back pain, potentially providing some much-needed relief.
It helps to remove scar tissues and makes it easy for the muscles to move. Scars tissues are formed when the skin is injured or damaged. Such scars sometimes occur deeper in the body. Deep tissue massage is the massage that fixes the scars and heals the skin.
Deep tissue massage can also lower the blood pressure. A study published in 2008 in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine reported muscle spasm or strain. In a survey, the blood pressure and heart rate were accessed prior to a 45 to 60-minute deep tissue massage. It was founded that after deep tissue massage, the patient had lower systolic and diastolic pressure, as well as heart rates around 10 beats less per minute.
If you want to offer these benefits to clients, consider becoming trained in deep tissue massage. With it, you can be prepared to better serve athletes, people managing chronic pain, and other specialized populations.
Deep tissue massage helps to relax muscles, increases the flow of blood oxygen in the body. The people who are recovering from accidents and sports injuries are greatly affected by deep tissue massage. It also breaks down scar tissue and knots in the muscles.
At our massage therapy center, each massage is customized according to the client’s individual needs as well as the therapist’s own talents and training.
If you are planning for deep tissue massage, let your therapist know if you:
This is also not recommended for people who have acute or long-term mental health problems.
This kind of treatment is not recommended for the people who suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, varicose veins, migraines, rheumatoid arthritis, decreased pain sensitivity, fresh wounds, inflamed skin, tumors, metal implants, recent chemotherapy, radiation or surgery. Pregnant women should let their therapist know about their pregnancy. In case, you have a serious medical condition you need to provide the spa with a letter from your doctor or practitioner.