6 Benefits of Hot Stone Massage

6 Benefits of Hot Stone Massage

Have you ever experienced a hot stone massage? We use heated river rocks and gently massage your body in key areas including:

  • along the sides of your spine
  • on your stomach
  • on your chest
  • on your face
  • on your palms
  • on your feet and toes

As you can imagine, the stones melt tension, ease stiff muscles, and increase metabolism and circulation.

A hot stone massage is typically an add-on service as part of a full-body massage. Typically, it is only used during parts of the massage, not the entire time.

6 Benefits of Hot Stone Massage

#1. Relieves muscle tension and pain

Heat is commonly used to to ease muscle tension and pain. In combination with massage therapy, it increase blood flow. It can also help to reduce muscle spasms and increase flexibility and range of motion.

#2. Reduces stress and anxiety

The Mayo Clinic reports a 60-minute massage can lower cortisol, the stress hormone, by up to 30 percent after just one session. Stress is a huge part of anxiety and lowering stress is the key to managing anxiety. Add a hot stone massage and feel your anxiety melt away.

#3. Increases peaceful sleep

The best way to achieve healthy sleep habits is by natural medication-free means. Studies have shown that regular massage therapy reduces fatigue, promotes relaxation, and contributes to high-quality sleep. The benefits of massage are both immediate and long-term.

People who receive massages experience a more restorative type of sleep, both immediately following the massage and even several hours afterward. Their bodies are more relaxed, with reduced aches and pains, and able to fall more quickly into a deep sleep.

Parents who have given their babies gentle massages can attest to similar results. Infants who have been massaged are more relaxed and undergo fewer disturbances of their sleep.

#4. May help relieve symptoms of fibromyalgia

Hot stone massage may help to relieve the chronic pain of fibromyalgia. The symptoms of Fibromyalgia can vary from mild to severe. Some patients find massage helpful even during severe flare-ups. Others prefer to wait until their pain is at a lower level to receive massage. Your health care provider and massage therapist may be able to help you decide, but ultimately you know what is best for you!

Call me today to discuss your symptoms and how massage therapy can help! 517.898.2899

#5. May relieve symptoms of cancer treatment

Massage therapy can be a very good and beneficial factor in boosting your energy and mood while receiving cancer treatment. Often, cancer patients experience drops in their mood, energy, and physical dexterity. With massage as a supportive treatment, most of these debilitating ailments can be lessened for the patients.

Hot stone massage as part of massage treatment can help with:

  • Increased mobility
  • The breaking up of scar tissue
  • Loosening of mucus in the lungs
  • Sinus drainage
  • And relief from pain, arthritis, constipation, colds, and fatigue

Are you a current cancer patient, survivor or caregiver to a loved one who is battling cancer? Did you know that there is a non-profit in Mid-Michigan that provides discounted or free massage therapy services to those in need? It is not just for cancer patients, but for many qualifying people who are experiencing a hardship and cannot regularly afford the healing benefits of massage therapy and other techniques.

Mid-Michigan Massage Therapy Institute (MMMTI) is a one-of-a-kind nonprofit. Check it out.

#6.  May boost immunity

Massage may give your immune system a boost. According to a 2010 study, a single session of Swedish massage therapy had a positive and acute impact on immunity.

Are you ready to try Hot Stone Massage?

Please call 517-898-2899 to schedule your appointment or book online.