5 Benefits of Hot Stone Massage
If you are still one of the holdouts who hasn’t experienced the magic of a massage, a hot stone massage may be the perfect starting point for you to begin experiencing the benefits for your body and mind. Hot stone massages are not new; in fact, there is significant evidence to suggest that the Chinese were using hot stones to improve the working function of internal organs, more than 2000 years ago. Here are five amazing benefits of hot stone massage.
1 - Relieving Muscle Tension
Relieving muscle tension is one of the goals of any effective massage. Every day, you put your body through various physical and mental challenges that can culminate in tight and fatigued muscles. The heat from hot stones, which are placed strategically on pressure points on your body, allow your muscles to relax and loosen. This means the massage therapist can find better access points to your deep tissue and work on reducing the tension held in the muscle.
2 - Relief from Chronic Pain
If you suffer from chronic pain such as Fibromyalgia, arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome, hot stone massage therapy can be an important part of your healing toolkit. Heat allows muscles to relax and as long as those muscles are relaxed, your body is not holding on to the pain. Loosening the muscles can also promote a greater range of motion, allowing you to move and function with less pain.
3 - Better Circulation
When your muscles are tight and seized, blood has a more difficult journey through your body. Poor blood circulation can cause serious health problems, putting greater stress on your body and often causing pain and fatigue. A hot stone massage promotes the relaxation of muscles, allowing the blood flow to travel with less difficulty. The heat of the stones expands the blood vessels, ensuring that your muscles are receiving adequate oxygen and that lactic acid and fluids do not build up within the muscle tissue.
4 - Reduced Stress and Improved Mental Health
Your body carries all the stress that your mind is subjected to daily. We are often unaware how much our muscles hold the negative energy, tension, anger, and pain of our lives. A hot stone massage aids in the release of both tension and toxins that build up in the body over time, leaving you with a feeling of greater relaxation and mental well-being.
5 - Promotes a Deep, Restful Sleep
Deep, restful sleep is one of the best things you can do for your body, but unfortunately, this benefit eludes many of us. The release of muscle tension through heat, relaxes the body, clearing the way for greater relaxation and better sleep patterns. Better sleep promotes greater mental capacity and alertness for all the challenges we face each day.
Massage is no longer a luxury only accessible to the privileged among us. Its benefits have both physical and mental results. Healthcare providers, insurance companies, and employers are becoming more likely to suggest, support, and finance the role of massage as part of a healthy lifestyle, especially where chronic pain and mental stress are concerned.
This ancient medicinal tradition has seen a great resurgence, and hot stone massage has become an effective and popular way to relax muscles, reduce pain and inflammation, promote better blood circulation, reduce stress, and restless sleep patterns. Our professional massage therapists in Richmond Hill or Newmarket at Chiro-Med Rehab Clinic are waiting to help you.