Lava or hot stone massage is a type of massage therapy used to help relax the body and ease the tense muscles and damaged tissues. The stones being used are made of basalt, a kind of volcanic rock.
During massage therapy, a hot, smooth, flat, and heated stone is placed on specific parts of the body, such as:
- feet and toes
Massage therapists may hold the heated stones as they massage your body using Swedish massage method, such as:
- long strokes
- circular movements
Benefits of Hot Stone Massage Therapy
All massage therapies generally fall under the alternative treatment. They are becoming a popular interrelated therapy for many conditions, especially body pains. Here are some of the following advantages of getting a hot stone massage therapy:
Helps Relieve Muscle Tension and Pain
The heat has long been used for years to ease muscle tension and pain. It helps increase blood flow and flexibility, also reduces muscle spasms and range of motion. Likewise, cold therapy helps relieve inflammation in the affected area.
Reduces Stress and Anxiety
A study showed that a massage improved cardiovascular reactions such a stroke volume.
Promotes Relaxation and Better Sleep
Research showed that a back massage helped promote relaxation and better sleep, and an alternative to sleeping pills for adults experiencing insomnia.
Helps Relieve Symptoms of Autoimmune Diseases
Lava stone massage therapy relieves painful conditions, such as fibromyalgia, a condition that causes chronic pain. Also, a study found that people with rheumatoid arthritis may benefit also from hot stone massage. They experienced less pain, greater grip strength, and much range of motion after the therapy.
Helps Decrease Cancer Symptoms
A three-year study showed massage, mainly Swedish massage, improved cancer symptoms, even in those with significant symptoms. Researchers believe the comforting use of human touch played a role in healing.
Helps Boost Immunity
A study reveals that massage therapy increases the body’s immune system. According to a 2010 study, even a single session of massage therapy had a positive and accurate impact on immunity.
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