During the hot stone massage treatment, smooth, basalt (volcanic) rocks that have been heated in water are used in two ways; some stones are wrapped in towels and placed on the body, whilst other stones are used to perform the body massage.
The heat of the stones penetrates deep into the muscle tissue allowing the muscles to relax 4-5 times quicker than in a standard body massage, easing muscle tension and revitalising the muscle tissue by increasing blood circulation.
The deep relaxation and increased blood flow to the areas being worked not only accelerates any healing processes but also creates a state of deep mental relaxation.
The benefits of hot stone massage can include:
- Improved circulation
- Increased lymphatic drainage (toxin removal)
- Improved blood flow to tissues
- Reduces muscular tension
- Relieves aches and pains
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Produces a deep relaxation