At first glance, the idea of taking hot stones that have been submerged in water that has been heated to over 115 degrees Fahrenheit and then massaging it into your skin seems rather odd. After all, won’t that burn the skin?
On the contrary, a hot stone massage not only will not harm your body in any way, it may be one of the best types of massages that you can get.
And while almost everyone is familiar with the benefits of getting a massage – relaxation, anxiety-melting, stress-reduction, etc – not all are familiar with what exactly a hot stone massage can give you. Below are a few of the ideas that you may not have heard of before.
- Better Mental Health
When a massage therapist kneads out pressure points in your body and works to release muscle tension that may have built up over time, your mind will inherently begin to feel less anxious and depressed. A relaxing massage is more than just about the candles and oils that are used during a massage session, it’s about ridding the body of toxins that are contaminating your body and your soul, producing an all-around better you.
- Reduced Cancer Symptoms
Hot stone massages promote better blood flow and circulation, resulting in a body that is better able to deliver white blood cells and oxygen to various parts of the body. This creates a healthier and better-feeling person overall, better able to tackle the massive health struggle that cancer represents.
- Deliver Better Sleep
However, massage does more than just help you fall asleep faster, it also creates a better quality of sleep. One study, in particular, demonstrated that even a fifteen-minute massage helped infants fall asleep faster and helped them be more awake and alert the next day. The same effects can been to apply to adults as well.
- Fight Against Autoimmune Symptoms
Even those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis reported feeling greater grip strength and better range of motion after just one month of hot stone therapy. The heat combined with the intense and focused pressure of hot stone massage resulted in looser muscles that didn’t hurt as much.
- Boosted Immune System
- Healthier-Looking Skin
Since massage promotes better blood flow, the surface of the skin looks healthier as oxygen is carried close to the surface. In turn, the skin begins to glow and shine, possibly even taking some of those unwanted wrinkles away with it.