Stay Warm This Winter with a Hot Stone Massage

In the midst of a frigid winter, the idea of warmth is very appealing. Combine warmth with a soothing massage and you have something even better. If your New Year goals include improving your health, now is a great time to add Hot Stone Massage to your routine.

Heat It Up

A Hot Stone Massage incorporates the use of smooth flat rocks that have been heated. The stones, which are usually made of basalt, are warmed in a special bath of water. These particular stones hold heat well and work perfectly for this purpose. The stones are generally heated to about 122 to 127 degrees Fahrenheit. To compare, human skin is usually around 92 degrees Fahrenheit while the water in a hot tub is typically around 104 degrees Fahrenheit. While it may seem hotter than what you think you can handle, the massage therapists at LaVida Massage of Fairlawn are highly experienced in this technique and keep your comfort and safety a priority.

Hot Stone Massage Techniques

The heated stones are typically placed along the spine and back, but the exact placement of these stones can vary depending on your specific areas of discomfort. Our massage therapists might also hold the stones in their hands and rub them over your body as part of the massage for added benefit. Likely, a combination of both methods will be used to ensure the best possible outcome.

Considerations and Cautions

Heat increases surface circulation and promotes metabolism while decreasing muscle pain, spasms, and stiffness. When combined with massage, heat helps stiff muscles relax as you enjoy a peaceful setting and warmth that makes you forget about the cold outside. Hot Stone Massage may not be right for some people with certain health conditions. If your doctor signs off on the treatment, talk to your massage therapist about Hot Stone Massage and start a new, warm tradition this year!
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