Benefits of a Hot Stone Massage

Hot stone massage involves the use of smooth, heated stones placed or rubbed on the body by a therapist. The heat from these stones leads to deep relaxation and the warming up of tight muscles, which in turn facilitates deeper and quicker work by the therapist.

Here are some advantages of getting a hot stone massage:

1. Helps Relieve Muscle Tension and Pain

Heat has long been used to ease muscle tension and pain. Besides increasing blood flow to affected areas, it may also reduce muscle spasms and promote flexibility and range of motion.

2. Reduces Stress and Anxiety

A 2001 study found that a ten-minute massage increased cardiovascular responses, such as stroke volume. A 1997 study showed that 15-minute chair massages at the workplace significantly reduced stress compared to a 15-minute break without massage.

3. Promotes Sleep

Massage therapy helps adults with insomnia, and babies, sleep better. Research in 2006 found that massage may be a better alternative to sleeping pills for insomniac adults. A 2001 study found that infants with sleep problems who were massaged for 15 minutes by their parents went to sleep quicker and woke up more alert, active, and positive.

4. Improves Immunity

Massage may give your immune system a boost. Swedish massage therapy had a positive and acute impact on immunity in a 2011 study. Blood samples taken before and after the massage showed a decrease in arginine-vasopressin, a hormone that helps regulate blood pressure and water retention.

5. Muscle Relaxation Without the Pressure

The philosophy of “no pain, no gain” is appealing to some people, but it’s not for everyone.

The added heat in a hot stone massage makes deeper muscle relaxation possible, which may be advantageous to people with chronic pain such as fibromyalgia or arthritis.

Who can benefit from a hot stone massage?

Hot stone massages are beneficial for people who experience muscle pain, insomnia, or stress.

When choosing your next massage, consider a hot stone massage. At Universal Healing Arts, our massage therapist will relieve tension, soothe tired muscles, and ease headaches. We’ll help you feel your best! Contact us to book your hot stone massage today! Or, if you have questions, please feel free to call (914) 737-HEAL (4325).

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