How Do Hot Stones Help Massage?


At Perpetuity Skin + Spa in Boise, we get this question a lot.  Hot stones, warmed by fire, have been used by native Americans to give relief to aching muscles.  In the present-day massage therapy practice and at Perpetuity Skin + Spa in Boise, our hot stone massage is a specialty massage where smooth, heated stones are used by the massage therapist by placing them or rubbing them on the body. The heat from the stones leads to deep relaxation and to warming up of the tight muscles enabling your massage therapist to work more deeply and more quickly.  

For hot stone massage therapy, the therapists mostly use basalt stones mainly because of their various properties that include their non-porosity, their smoothness, and their ability to retain heat longer than any other type of stone, and these beautiful stones come in different sizes. For performing specific massage strokes, the massage therapist places smaller tooling stones and for treatment for a longer time, she places the larger placement stones at one spot of the body. Moreover, the therapist gives slow and gentle strokes in a way that people feel grounded, comforted and calm.

Some massage therapists use the energy lines or meridians of the body to place hot stones for energy work. By doing so, movement of energy known as qi or chi is stimulated and in this way the effects of stress are eliminated and healing is facilitated. Hot stone massages also help in releasing toxins, relieving pain and improving circulation. People who have experienced massage with heat get so many healing properties that they keep coming back for these massages.  

Top 10 Benefits of Hot Stone Massage

  1. Relieve muscle spasm, pain, tension & improve the muscle relaxation.
  2. Releases toxins & improves skin appearance
  3. Significantly reduce stress & anxiety
  4. Improves blood circulation and flow of energy
  5. Helps to promote better sleep
  6. Helps to reduce & manage stress
  7. Helps to create a sense of comfort and warmth
  8. Helps in decreasing cancer symptoms
  9. Helps in relieving the symptoms of autoimmune diseases
  10. Helps in increasing joint flexibility

Hot stone massage in Boise is very popular. In this process, the stones are heated by using a professionally designed heater with a thermometer for checking the water temperature which is generally kept between 110- and 130-degrees Fahrenheit.  As everyone can bear heat to a different extent, it is important for the massage therapist to ensure that the temperature of the stone suits the person having the massage. It is also important for the person to inform the therapist if he feels any discomfort.  

At the end of a tiring day at work, the best thing for them is to visit a spa and get a hot stone massage that will relieve all their fatigue. Conditions such as pregnancy, hypertension, cardiac problems, diabetes or any other medical condition for which you are getting care from a provider should be intimated to the therapist so that he can assess your condition regarding the suitability of hot stone massage. You should also consult your provider regarding the same.  Some skin conditions such as eczema, rashes, and psoriasis can get worse with heat. Heat should not be applied on varicose veins, open wounds, infected skin conditions, or inflammation and you should be careful regarding areas that are numb.  

The hot stone massage is a type of massage therapy that involves the use of smooth, heated stones. The massage therapist places the hot stones on specific points on your body and may also hold the stones while giving the massage.  People involved in sports should have a massage as often as two-three times per week during periods of intense training and less often—perhaps once or twice a month—during the off-season.  Anytime is a good time for massage, come see why at Perpetuity Skin + Spa in Boise. 


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