Hot Stones as a Bodywork Tool
Updated: Dec 17, 2021
Oh, the magic of hot stone massage. *swoon*
It’s like every cell in our body goes “Ahhh” when they touch the skin and begin to work their way into our awareness.
This incredible modality we work into our sessions— goes a lot deeper than just a feel good tool, though.
Hot stone massage has been used for over 5,000 years (originating in India) as a powerful bodywork tool that provides a wide range of benefits to the mind, body, and spirit.
Relieves Muscle Tension and Tightness
For sore, tired, and stressed out muscles— we know that heat is our friend. And because hot stones retain heat for an extended period of time, they may just be our muscle’s best friend.
Hot stone massage works to relieve muscle tension, pain, and helps to draw out toxins from the body. It’s a signal to the muscles that it's okay to let go, to release, and to relax.
It also allows us to work with the muscles in a way that our hands can’t, providing a unique sense of pressure and the ability to work deeper into the muscles without causing pain.
Improves Circulation and Increases Metabolism
Hot stones also help to increase circulation in the body– expanding the blood vessels and allowing the blood to flow into spaces that may not get enough love.
This feeds the cells with nutrients and allows the body to cleanse itself of toxins via the lymphatic system (which is why we recommend lots of water after your session!)
The heat impacted touch can help to reignite and jump start our metabolism as well; sending subtle messages to the body to let go of what it doesn’t need.
Promotes Sleep and Reduces Stress
Massage therapy works with much more than just the body, and hot stone massage in particular has a powerful effect on the mental state as well.
Hot stone massage does such an incredible job at letting the body know and truly feel that it’s okay to relax, which promotes deeper and more restorative rest/sleep.
We’ve even seen our clients pass out on the table during hot stone work, because they feel like they can finally “let go.”
And there’s something about nurturing warmth that eases feelings of stress in the body. It’s like a warm hug from an old friend.
It’s no wonder hot stones have been used for thousands of years in many different healing practices to soothe the mind, relax the body, and nurture the spirit.
It adds to your session with us in a powerful way, and gives you a deep sense of relaxation and peace.
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All our love,