Hot Stone Therapy is gaining popularity in spas around the world and is known as the ultimate relaxation experience, but did you know that it has many therapeutic benefits as well?
A hot stone massage combines thermotherapy with massage techniques to produce an effective healing practice used by many cultures, going back as far as the ancient Egyptians. The Native Americans used hot stones during sweat lodge ceremonies as a way to cleanse the physical body and spirit.
The practitioner uses water-heated basalt stones (known for their ability to retain heat) to massage the body, and places them on particular areas to increase the circulation of fluids and remove energy blockages. The direct heat of the stones melt away muscles tension, allowing the therapist to access the deeper muscle layers.
A calming and soothing massage can do wonders in giving you an emotional boost, leaving you feeling happy and relaxed. This relaxed state is where true healing happens.
Therapeutic benefits of hot stone massage:
- Pain reduction
- Stress/anxiety reduction
- Allows for better sleep
- Improves circulation
- Releases toxins
- Has been proven effective in reducing pain associated with arthritis, fibromyalgia and MS
To book a hot stone massage with Tessa, call Element Therapeutics (250) 344-6654.
Written by Tessa Keefer NHPC, massage and bodyworker