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Hot stone massage is an ancient technique that has been revived in modern times, coming into recent popularity. Warm, flat, and smooth stones are placed on the energy points of a person’s body. The stones are also used to massage the body to achieve the maximum therapeutic benefits of the massage therapy.
The stones are usually made of basalt and since they are filled with iron, the heat from the sanitizing water stays during the duration of the massage. Aside from placing the hot stones on the client’s back, they could also be placed between the toes and in the palm of hands. A session usually lasts 60 to 90 minutes.
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The heat exuded by the stones penetrates deeper muscle layers, which helps the therapist give a more effective and thorough massage. Since the therapy can penetrate deeper tissues, clients who have undergone the therapy say that it effectively relieves pain. Some even go as far as saying that they experience greater relief in hot stone massage, compared to other types of massage.
When the hot stones are placed on the trigger points of the body, the blood vessels open, leading to improved blood circulation. The warmth of the stones also calms the nervous system, helps in rheumatic and arthritic conditions, and helps in detoxification. Just like other massage therapies, hot stone massage also helps in treating insomnia and decreases stress, depression, and anxiety levels.