Things you should know about hot and cold stone therapy massage
It would be easy to dismiss hot and cold stone massage treatments as a relatively new trend, which simply feels nice as opposed to providing any real benefit to the mind or body. This couldn’t be more wrong. The benefits are proven in science and date back thousands of years.
Here are seven things you should know about hot and cold stone therapy massage:
- The use of hot and cold stones as a therapy dates back more than 2,000 years. There are records showing that the ancient Chinese used hot stones to improve the function of internal organs, but the practice also has reference in the histories of the Americas, Africa, Europe, Egypt and India.
- We’ve all heard about the Roman Baths, where the general populous of ancient Rome used to keep clean, catch up and keep their social standing. It’s a little-known fact that stone massage also played a big part in this ritual. Hot and cold stone massage was combined with immersion baths for a relaxing, restorative therapy.
- Hot stone massage expands blood vessels and, in doing so, helps to draw blood through the body and rid it of waste. The unique use of hot stones is far less stressful on the body than conventional massage techniques, while still providing all the benefits of a deep, penetrating massage.
- As taught at Lifetime Training’s Level 2 and 3 Beauty Therapy Diplomas, hot stone massage therapy relieves a plethora of aches and pains as well as reducing stress. It can even alleviate menstrual symptoms, drawing swelling away from the uterus. Amazing!
- Volcanically-composed Basalt are the best stones for hot therapy as their high silica and iron content means they retain heat for longer than other stones.
- Cold stone therapy massage does the reverse of its heated counterpart - it contracts blood vessels, which in turn stimulates the nervous system. Prostaglandin, the body’s natural pain relief, is released when applying cold treatments.
- Cold stone massage reduces inflammation and swelling, easing muscular injury and reinvigorating the body. Marble, which stays cool and draws heat out of the body, is the best stone for cold therapies.
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