What is a hot stone massage?
A hot stone massage involves the application of water-heated stones (called thermotherapy) to the body. The stones are normally Basalt stones, which are round and smooth, and heated to the perfect degree of warmth. They are placed along the back, inciting deep relaxation, detoxification, and relief of muscular tension. Stones glazed in oil are also sometimes used in conjunction with massage strokes.
How it works
The heat emitting from the hot stones melts away tension (almost literally) by easing muscles stiffness and increasing circulation and metabolism.
Sessions are approximately one and a half hours long, wherein our massage therapists combine both hot stones and massage therapy for maximum relief. They place the hot stones on strategic points on the body to access deeper muscle layers, and then massage the muscles that need the most healing. . The direct heat from the stones expands blood vessels, increasing blood flow throughout the body; this circulatory effect promotes the release of toxins and self-healing in the body, as well as helps to relieve chronic pain and reduce stress and anxiety, among other benefits:
-Increases flexibility in joints
-Relieves muscle strain and tension
-Provides pain relief associated with fibromyalgia, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other chronic conditions
-Soothes muscle spasms
What our patients should expect
Many of our patients experience profound relaxation, either falling into a slumber or entering a deep meditative state. Usually, this indicates the patient is lacking sleep and is overcome by stress in their day-to-day life.
After the session, the patient is encouraged to take their time to absorb the treatment before sitting back up and heading out. It’s important to remain relaxed for at least an hour following the session by drinking lots of water and moving at a slow, gradual pace for the rest of the day.
The therapists at Mantra Wellness are experienced professionals trained to customize each session to offer our patients enhanced health benefits. Hot Stone Massage is meant to promote a state of relaxation and re-energize the body, mind and spirit. To make an appointment or learn more about our holistic treatments, contact us today.