There are many benefits associated with getting a hot stone massage. If you have heard a friend or co-worker raving about this type of massage, you may be thinking about getting one. But you may also find yourself wondering how it differs from a regular massage, what the benefits are and if it is the right option for you.

Here are a few of the answers to some of the questions you may have about hot stone massages. 

What Exactly Is a Hot Stone Massage? 

A hot stone massage is similar to a traditional massage. The masseuse will rub your muscles and work out kinks and knots in an effort to de-stress your body and relax your muscles. But instead of solely using their hands, they will also use stones. 

The stones in a hot stone massage can be used in two different ways. The most common way is by setting the hot stones directly on the parts of your body that are aching, sore or tense. For example, the stones may be placed on your back while the masseuse rubs your legs. The heat helps to relax that part of the body and decrease pain. The other way that the stones can be used is by rubbing or massaging them directly onto your body. This is only done with smooth rocks and takes a great deal of skill. 

What Are the Benefits of a Hot Stone Massage? 

There are many benefits associated with massage, they include increased circulation, decreased stress levels, increased health in your immune system and a reduction in the aches and pains you may feel throughout your body. In addition to these benefits, there are a few other benefits that are associated solely with hot stone massage. 

A hot stone massage is particularly beneficial for those who have aches and pains in their body. This may be someone recovering from a car accident, someone with a muscle sprain or strain, someone with arthritis or someone with a sports injury. A hot stone massage provides a contrast of hot and cold that helps to soothe an aching body and promote more healing than a traditional massage provides. 

Does It Hurt to Have Hot Stones Rubbed or Placed on to Your Skin? 

When you hear that a masseuse is going to place hot stones on your skin or rub the stones into your muscles, you may think that it sounds painful. However, when done properly, hot stone massage should never be painful.

When you get a hot stone massage, if the stones are too hot, you should inform the masseuse. The masseuse can cool down the stones so that they are still warm while ensuring you are comfortable. And a great masseuse can vary the level of pressure of a massage, even if they use stones.

Is There Anyone Who Should Not Have a Hot Stone Massage? 

A hot stone massage is a great option for those who have muscle aches and pains, but it is not right for everyone. If you have heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, are pregnant or have burns on your body, including a sunburn, you should avoid a hot stone massage. This type of massage can increase your body temperature, which can be harmful if you have any of these conditions. 

If you are unsure if a hot stone massage should be avoided because of any medical conditions or medications you are taking, be sure to consult with your doctor before booking an appointment. 

If you are looking to relax alone or with your partner, book a massage with MASSAGE TJ SPA. We offer a variety of massage services including hot stone massages. Contact us today to schedule your appointment