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A Primer On The Hot Stone Massage

The hot stone massage, a relatively new therapeutic massage technique, originated in Sweden. As the name suggests, hot stones are applied by the massage therapist to the person's body using special strokes and movements to relieve tension, both, muscular and mental. It is so effective in healing many physical ailments that it has gained a huge following worldwide in a very short while. Let's walk through a hot stone massage.
by NedDagostino


The hot stone massage, a relatively new therapeutic massage technique, originated in Sweden. As the name suggests, hot stones are applied by the massage therapist to the person's body using special strokes and movements to relieve tension, both, muscular and mental. It is so effective in healing many physical ailments that it has gained a huge following worldwide in a very short while. Let's walk through a hot stone massage.

The hot stones are applied to your body with great care to ensure that you receive the full therapeutic benefits of this excellent massage therapy. The stones are applied very gently. The massage therapist may also use his hands to massage you. Often, all he does is reposition the stones on your body from time to time.

The usual pressure of a regular massage is missing in a hot stone massage. You do not experience the pain that accompanies the pressure of a regular massage. This is good news for those who have a physical intolerance to pain. Now you can enjoy a perfect therapeutic massage without the pain.

The massage therapist will understand your physical condition and then design the hot stone massage according to his reading of your physical condition. Basalt stones are used for the massage treatment because they remain hot, about 120 degrees, for the duration of the massage.

The massage therapist places the heated stones on your arms, legs and torso. Smaller, lighter stones are placed on your limbs and larger ones are placed on your torso. The placement and choice of the stones is a critical part of the therapy. Heavier stones have greater heat capacity, and this helps the heat to penetrate the thicker body muscles.

The heavier stones placed on your torso do not require to be moved much or at all. The smaller muscles are moved gently over the limbs in such a way that all the muscles are treated properly.

A hot stone massage is a sure-fire way to get rid off all your aches and pains, and your mental tension too!

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