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Salt Lake City Massage Therapy

How Does Hot Stone Massage Work

Written by: Julieta Hernandez Date of published: . Posted in Articles, Massage Therapy

Everyone loves a good massage, whether it be a basic massage or a deep tissue massage. There are other options as well that are available to help alleviate any and all types of aches and pains. It’s suggested that we as humans get a massage at least once a month to keep the serenity of the body in flow, not necessarily feasible at all times, but very relaxing.

Hot Stone massage is an ancient Native American treatment for aching muscles that used to be warmed by fire. The modern conveniences of today have made it possible for easier and safer methods of warming stones however. Generally the original Hot Stone Massage was trademarked by a native of Arizona that incorporated the Native American history of stone massage, with the options given in current times. Currently, stones are placed in a purpose-built Stone Heater that is filled with water. The stones are then heated to anywhere from 122 to 127 degrees Fahrenheit (which is of course 50 to 53 degrees Celsius). These stones are usually basalt, or black volcanic rock that have been naturally smoothed by the forces of the sea from which they came.

While there are many different names for a hot stone massage, typically each massage salon or spa may have their own take.  A completely trained, skilled and professional therapist will know what type of stone massage should be done based on their evaluation.

At this point, the massage at this point begins with the client on the massage table and ready to massage. The therapist will typically start with a massage to warm up the body. Stones of every different shape and size are placed in strategic places on the client’s body such as the back, hands, neck, toes etc…this helps warm the muscles up providing an easier massage in the hard to relax areas. At the same time having stones in specific areas, many believe that this is a form of correct energy flow to specific areas of the body. There are stones that can and are held by the massage therapist during the actual massage to heal work the muscles deeper and easier since the stones are so warm. It’s like getting a massage with a heating pad all over.

There has been a recently introduced simulated hot rock called the Spa Rock, which is a therapeutic device, however, it is best suited to have a professional discuss your options with you.

Most Hot Stone Massages vary in price, but cost an upwards of $150 depending on where you go. If at a resort or high end spa, it can be even pricier. However, many places offer different variations of a hot stone massage that could come at a smaller price, but works just as well in most cases.

If you are unsure if you should get a hot stone massage, call around and ask some questions of exactly what your worries or concerns are, and a therapist will help you with that decision. But don’t be afraid to speak up if it doesn’t feel wonderful to you. If the stones are too hot, let your therapist know, it is something they can help fix to make your appointment more enjoyable!

What Are the Benefits of Swedish Massage?

Written by: Julieta Hernandez Date of published: . Posted in Articles

For many years, massage therapy has been highly regarded for its health benefits. It is widely considered as one of the safest and most effective natural interventions for pain management especially among adults. In particular, Swedish massage is proven to be a valuable therapy intervention for certain medical conditions like insomnia, digestive disorders, and even stress.

History

People usually resort to massage therapy for various reasons especially in the United States. According to National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), massage therapy has attracted more attention in the West especially since the Renaissance period.

Until today, there are still many people who believe that Per Henrik Ling, a Swedish psychologist, was the first physician who developed and applied the techniques in a typical Swedish massage. The truth is that it was Johan Mezger, a Dutch doctor and gymnastics teacher, who first practiced these techniques and then eventually adopted the French words petrissage, effleurage, and tapotement to refer to the various massage strokes.

Swedish Massage and Its Health Benefits 

  • Anxiety Disorder

    • In the United States, there are at least 40 million Americans who suffer from anxiety disorders. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that women and teens are more vulnerable to this type of condition. According to NCCAM, a single Swedish massage session can greatly benefit patients who are suffering from anxiety disorder. If properly performed by a licensed and highly trained massage therapist, Swedish massage allows you to feel more calm and relaxed during and after the session.
  • Digestive Disorders

    • Chronic constipation afflicts hundreds of individuals every day. Aside from a well-balanced diet, health experts also recommend Swedish massage to help release tension in the abdominal area. A gentle manual pressure applied to the abdomen can effectively decongest your digestive tract.
  • Insomnia

    • Insomnia is a common problem nowadays. The usual signs include daytime drowsiness, inability to sleep despite extreme physical exhaustion, and tension headaches. The University of Maryland Medical Center claims that only 35 percent of Americans these days get at least eight hours of sleep every day. Positive lifestyle changes are needed if you have sleeping problems. Aside from dietary and physical adjustments, health practitioners also recommend stress reduction activities, aromatherapy, and regular Swedish massage.
  • Headaches

    • Swedish massage is one the top three common massage modalities that are currently used to relieve muscle tension and headaches. According to Florida Board of Massage Therapy, at least 28 percent of massage therapists provide services to clients who complain about recurring headaches. Swedish massage is an effective method to reset muscle tone and gradually loosen tightened muscles due to poor physical posture, stress, and injury.

It is highly recommended that you seek an expert medical advice especially when you are struggling with a serious medical condition before you consider getting a massage. Most important is to look for a licensed and well-trained massage therapist who can provide you with professional and quality services. Consider getting a massage from a board certified and skilled massage therapist if you want to feel better and stronger.