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What is Hot Stone Massage?

Updated: Jan 29, 2022

New to Beautopia, hot stone massage is a luxurious type of massage therapy that involves the use of smooth, heated basalt river stones. The massage therapist places the stones on specific points on your body and also holds the stones while giving the massage.

Many people wonder ‘what is hot stone massage therapy?’ and then panic when they hear about heated stones. Don’t worry, these stones are not super-heavy boulders and they are not that hot either!

The stones are small enough to hold in the palm of your hand and they’re warmed up professionally using a VULSINI hot stone heating bag ensuring they are a comfortable temperature, but not hot enough to burn or cause discomfort.

It is a wonderfully warming treatment that works on energy points located throughout the body to rebalance and harmonise. The muscles are relaxed and rejuvenated in a sensation totally unique to hot stone massage.

5 Benefits of Hot Stone Massage

  1. Helps to relieve muscle tension and pain

  2. Reduces stress and anxiety

  3. Promotes better sleep

  4. Restores & rebalances

  5. Improves blood circulation and flow of energy

So, if you’re wondering if a hot stone massage is good for you, the answer is yes!

What Happens During a Hot Stone Massage?

To begin the treatment you will be asked to lay face down, then your massage therapist will place a large heated stone on the base of your spine.

The warmth and pressure will have an instant soothing effect, and the gentle music and ambience of the room will also play their part. Your massage therapist will then massage your back, remove the stone and massage your legs.

They will then turn you onto your front and place a large stone on your stomach, massage the front of your legs and feet, arms and hands and décolleté.

A hot stone massage uses Swedish massage techniques, with various pressures. The main techniques are kneading, circular pressure, long strokes, and tapping or vibration.

The stones may be placed:

  • along your spine

  • on your stomach

  • on your chest

  • on your palms

  • on your feet and toes

At the end of the massage, the stones are carefully removed, and you are left to relax for a few minutes, feeling completely calm and revitalised.

Where Did Hot Stone Massage Come From?

The origins of hot stone massage therapy are somewhat disputed, but most people agree that the treatment originated in China around 2,000 years ago. During this time, heated stones were used widely in Chinese medicine to help boost the function of important internal organs.

From there, the relaxing element was discovered, making this treatment popular in spas worldwide.

Hot Stone Massage Aftercare

After enjoying such a pleasant experience at Beautopia you will want that feeling of bliss to last as long as possible! To retain the positive health benefits of your treatment for as long as possible, there’s a little aftercare advice you could follow:

  • Avoid any sporting activity or anything too strenuous after your massage – Take the time to relax a little more! It’s best to avoid anything strenuous until the next day. This is because the massage will not only release tension from your muscles, but toxins too. This can make you feel a little tired and you don’t want to push yourself and overdo it.

  • Drink water after the massage – This is to help flush out those muscle toxins and help you to feel energised and refreshed afterwards.

  • Avoid alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine after the massage – Your hot stone massage will really detox your system, so avoid these toxins for around 24 hours if possible, to benefit more.

Are You Ready to Relax?

Focusing on health and wellbeing is never time wasted, why not book in at Beautopia today and invest an hour in yourself.

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