All About Hot Stone Massage

Written by Julieta Hernandez , Posted in Articles, Hot Stone Massage, Massage Therapy

Hot Stone Massage at Matrix Massage and Spa

Hot Stone Massage Brings Pain Relief and Deep Relaxation When You Need it Most

Sure, the weather in the Salt Lake City area is getting cold as the holiday season arrives, but have you considered warming up with an ultra-relaxing hot stone massage? This ancient practice can speed the healing of numerous aliments and will leave every muscle in your body relaxed. Although people with some physical conditions should select an alternate massage therapy, at Massage Matrix, we can help you feel your best during the chilly months ahead.

History of Hot Stone Massage Therapy Dates Back Before Written Records

The use of hot rocks to aid in healing dates back before recorded history. Native Americans used large rocks heated in fire to retain heat during traditional sweat lodge ceremonies to cleanse and heal participants through profuse sweating. The Romans used a variation of this technique which ultimately led to the creation of modern day saunas. Some native groups used hot rocks wrapped in cloth or bark on the abdomen of women to relieve monthly cramping. But the traditional Hawaiians seemed to have used hot stones in a manner most similar to how we use them today, wrapping hot stones within medicinal leaves and placing them on sore spots to reduce pain and speed healing. Beds of these hot stones covered with leaves would also be prepared for a patient to lie down and receive a whole body deep healing treatment.

Hot Stone Massage Enhances the Benefits of Traditional MassageMan getting a Hot Stone Massage

Since we place hot stones on specific locations of your body to allow the heat to penetrate deeply, a large percentage of people suffering from ailments ranging from tired, achy muscles to chronic back pain often experience dramatic relief of symptoms after a hot stone massage. Some people liken one stroke with a hot stone to 10 massage strokes with the hands, as the heat relaxes muscles more quickly than traditional massage. Anyone seeking a profoundly relaxing experience is likely to find hot stone massage to be just what the doctor ordered.

Additionally, energetic blocks are often removed with the help of a hot stone massage, leaving you feeling light and clean as life enhancing energy flows more freely than before treatment.

Expect to Relax and Enjoy Your Hot Stone Massage Experience

In typical hot stone massage sessions, we place hot stones (protected by a towel) on acupressure points, your body’s chakra, or energy centers, or onto sore spots, depending on the specific needs of each client. Additional stones may be used to massage other locations of the body while the larger stones continue to deliver their wonderful warmth deep into your tissues. If, however, at any point you feel uncomfortable with the temperature of one or more stones, be sure to let your massage therapist know so he or she can correct the issue quickly.

For chronic and/or acute conditions involving inflammation or an injury, cold stones may also be used to draw excess heat from these specific areas. Although the cold stones are less relaxing than hot stones, they can be very effective on specific trigger points or to create cross-fiber muscle friction, speeding the healing of certain types of injuries.

Hot Stone Massage is NOT for Everyone

Due to the additional heat that is infused into a person’s body during a hot stone massage, physical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, open sores, inflamed skin, or pregnancy make hot stone massage contraindicated.

Because heat only further raises blood pressure in people with hypertension, aggravates skin conditions in people with open sores or inflammation, can cause bruising on the skin of a diabetic, and can place your unborn child at risk during pregnancy, people with any of these conditions should select an alternative therapy more suitable to their unique needs.

Are You Ready to Enjoy a Hot Stone Massage in Salt Lake City, Utah?

When you are ready to treat yourself to a well-deserved hot stone massage, the professionals at Matrix Massage are ready to help you relax. If you are in the Downtown Salt Lake City, Utah area, make an appointment today and enjoy 90 minutes of pure bliss!

 

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Julieta Hernandez

Julieta is the owner of Matrix Spa & Massage in Salt Lake City, UT. She and her staff pride themselves on providing the best massages in a truly comfortable and relaxed environment.

Massage Therapy FAQ’s

The law always requires that you be appropriately covered with sheets or towels to keep you comfortable and warm. If you start feeling uncomfortable or exposed, speak up. Your therapist will respect your wishes and work with you to make the massage session a comfortable one.
No, only undress as much as you are comfortable with. Some people prefer undressing completely, while others prefer to keep undergarments on. You'll have privacy in your massage room to undress before the session and redress afterwards.
How often you should get a massage depends on your massage therapy goals. Some people get a monthly massage to manage stress or to prevent health problems. Others opt for weekly sessions if they need relief from injuries and chronic tension.
Licensing and certification mean that the massage therapist can legally practice massage in your city or state. To get this license, they must have performed several hours of training at an accredited school, passed the extensive licensure exam, and have paid any relevant licensing fees.
How much depends on how pleased you are with the service and how much the massage costs (the full price, not any discounted fees). One easy trick is to think about how you would tip a waiter after a similarly priced restaurant meal. This is often 15-20% or more if you received exceptional service.
Let your massage therapist know before the session if there are areas on your body that you don't want touched. They will have the training and experience to give you a therapeutic massage while working around ticklish or sensitive places like your feet or abdomen.
Yes, absolutely. You should always speak up if something is uncomfortable. Secondly, keep the lines of communication open during deep tissue massage or sports injury massages. Your therapist needs the feedback to work on you properly and without aggravating an injury.
 
On the other hand, if you are looking for relaxation, it's often best not to talk unless necessary. This lets your mind as well as your body release tension. With the right mindful breathing technique, you may even achieve a stress relieving meditative state during the massage.
Most likely, unless your doctor says otherwise. Prenatal massage can reduce and relieve common pregnancy issues like lower and upper back pain, sciatic nerve irritation, swelling, tension headaches, heartburn and constipation, and more. Let your massage therapist know that you're pregnant so they can use the right techniques during the session.
If you’re used to Swedish massages, it’s definitely going to feel a little rougher. However, you should always communicate with your massage therapist if the pressure is too much. If you’re tensing up and muscle guarding during a deep tissue massage, the benefits of the massage may be lessened.
It’s important to be realistic about what one deep tissue massage can achieve. Many people want just one session to get rid of all the tension they’ve built up in their body over decades. They ask for more pressure, thinking that if the therapist just pushes hard enough, all their knots will go away after an hour. They won’t. It’s going to take a few sessions for the best results, based on your body and lifestyle, and increasing the pressure a masseuse uses doesn’t necessarily help. Your problems likely amassed over a lifetime of strain, stress and poor posture. If you have chronic problems, it will probably take a combination of massage, exercise and relaxation techniques to stem the problem.

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