With hot stone massage, the massage therapist places hot smooth basalt stones on certain points on the body while giving a massage; also, slow long gliding strokes are being applied. This is an ancient practice that dates at least as far back as 5,000 years ago in India, and it has been practiced by several cultures, including Asians, Scandinavians and Native Americans. The medical website Healthline summarizes the following research-based benefits of hot stone massage.
Relief of Muscle Tension and Pain
Receiving a hot stone massage simply feels good! Beyond feeling good, as wonderful as that is, heat provides the medical benefit of increasing blood flow to areas of the body that are experiencing pain. This relieves pain caused by muscle spasms and also improves flexibility and range of motion.
Relief of Stress and Anxiety
At least three different studies have attested to the effectiveness of massage for reducing levels of stress and anxiety. This benefit extends to the cardiovascular system.
Relief of Insomnia
Along with reducing stress and anxiety, massage has actually been shown to promote relaxation and sleep to the point of possibly eliminating the need for sleeping pills. One study even showed that infants with sleeping problems went to sleep faster with massage therapy!
Relief of Autoimmune Disease Symptoms
Some research has indicated that the general pain relief benefits from hot stone massage extend also to conditions such as fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. Improved grip strength was another effect beyond pain relief and improved flexibility.
Relief of Cancer Symptoms
One large study has shown that massage therapy helps cancer patients find relief from common associated symptoms, including fatigue, nausea and depression.
Help for the Immune System
Some research has indicated that massage therapy can improve the functioning of the immune system, thereby making clients less susceptible to illness.
If you are interested in a hot stone massage in Albuquerque, contact Healthwork Yoga and Massage Therapy at 505-35-8032. Healthwork and Tone Jackson are ready to help you choose the holistic health options that are best for you.