Hot Stone Therapy
Hot Stone Therapy
Hot stone therapy has been around since ancient times. It is widely used in eastern cultures and over there, it is used as a mainstream medical treatment for a variety of problems. It is typically used to treat everything from tense muscles to sleep problems to issues with the immune system. In western culture, hot stone therapy is frequently used in conjunction with other types of massages but it can also be used as a standalone treatment. Essentially, stones are heated and then applied in strategic locations on the body as a person relaxes. The stones are warm enough to melt away tense muscles and help a person relax. They are also placed in locations that can potentially open up energy pathways within the body, thereby eliminating tension and other health problems. Some individuals swear by them when it comes to their overall health but even those individuals that are not fully convinced can still take advantage of hot stone therapy by simply enjoying the experience. It is definitely a great way to relax and it is one of the best ways to relax tired muscles and calm the mind at the same time. It works even better when it is combined with other treatments such as a full body massage. There is more information below about the specific types of therapy.
Just as a full body massage can improve overall health and help you relax better, hot stone therapy can do the exact same thing. When it is used over the full body, stones are placed from the top of the neck all the way down to the tailbone and then all along the backs of the legs. This is especially helpful whenever a person is suffering from a specific condition such as pain in a certain area of the body that would otherwise not be covered by other types of hot stone therapy.
Back and Neck
This is probably the most popular form of hot stone therapy. Stones are concentrated on the area around the back and the neck, where tension is usually the most severe. Because the heat from the stones alone is able to help people relax, this is an ideal way to either finish off a massage or get a person prepared for one.