What is Hot Stone Massage? What are the benefits?
Hot stone massage therapy is the application of hot stones to the body when receiving a message. Typically, the stones are basalt stones. The stones are heated in a hot stone warmer from one hundred and thirty-five degrees to about one hundred and forty five degrees, depending on the request of the client. “On the extremities, you typically want the stones a little bit cooler than…on the back or the feet you can handle a little bit more heat” (Holub)
Meagan Holub, a celebrity massage therapist, explains on her Youtube platform that “Hot Stone Massages are a really nice relaxing way for deep tissue to be delivered into the muscles or even lighter pressure, that heat really helps you access those muscles much faster, and it’s a lovely, relaxing, therapy” (Holub). Hot stone massages can help relieve tension. It can also ease muscle stiffness and increases circulation and metabolism. The hot stones also expand blood vessels, which encourages blood flow throughout the body. The hot stones have a sedative effect that can relieve chronic pain (such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other chronic conditions), reduce stress, and promote deep relaxation. Interestingly enough, a hot stone massage can also increase flexibility in joints (MEF).
At Bellagena Spa, aromatherapy and heat therapy can be added at no additional charge on any full price massage! You can add on a Swedish Massage as an affordable and customized massage treatment. We believe that the therapist and client, together, should determine the wellness path, plan and goals.