A hot stone massage has many benefits that can have a positive impact on your body, both physically and mentally. This alternative therapy promotes deeper muscle relaxation through the placement of smooth, water-heated stones on specific areas of your body. Heated to 130 to 145 degrees, the basalt stones, a type of volcanic rock that retains heat, can be placed along your spine, on your stomach, chest, face, palms, or feet. Promotes muscles relaxation and relieve painThe heat from the stones helps your muscles to relax, allowing your massage therapist to target deep tissue and muscles more effectively. When your muscles are extremely tight or stiff, that can prevent the massage therapist from giving an effective massage. The heated stones are able to loosen your muscles and stiffness while providing extra relaxation so you can experience the full benefits of a deep tissue massage. Improves circulationNot only does this alternative therapy help relieve pain and relax your muscles, but it can also improve your blood circulation. The heat from the stones relaxes your deeper tissues which helps to open up your blood cells and improve your circulation. Poor circulation can lead to fatigue and cause your muscles to tense up. Improving your body’s blood circulation allows for more oxygen to get to your muscles which alleviates pain and eases tension and stiffness in your muscles. Benefits your mental health and sleepWhile all the benefits listed above have a positive impact on your physical wellbeing, they will also help improve your mental stability. When you feel relief physically, you will also benefit from mental reliefs because you are no longer suffering from pain. This alternative therapy promotes total relaxation of the mind as well as helps with stress and anxiety. Niagara Massage SpecialistsThere are many benefits to including a hot stone massage in your regular massage regime because it will allow your massage therapist to target deeper muscles. If you are suffering from muscle tension or stiffness, book a consultation with our Registered Massage Therapists at Dalhousie Health and Wellness.