A hot stone massage at home is one of our most popular treatment bookings. Many of our clients are shocked to discover that they can get this massage at home without having to travel to a spa. Hot stone massage has so many benefits, we recommend that you give it a shot. It’s a fabulously relaxing and indulgent way to relax, release tension, and achieve balance.
What is hot stone massage?
A hot stone massage uses heated stones. Secret Spa massage therapists use heated lava shells or river stones, which are extremely smooth and retain heat well.
Before your massage, the therapist uses a special heater to heat the stones up to around 45-50°C. You don’t need to be worried that this is too hot, or could burn, as a professional therapist ensures the temperature is perfect and consistent. They won’t use a microwave or other means of heating the stones, as this would give uneven or inaccurate temperatures.
There are many hot stones massage techniques. The individual therapist will have a different approach. The stones are generally placed on the body in certain spots, either anatomically guided or on energy points that aid flow and balance. The therapist will not only leave the stones in place but also use them to perform other treatments. Swedish massage techniques, such as kneading, long smooth strokes, and rolling.
Are our hot stone massages good for you?
Many people rave about the amazing hot stone massage. People report feeling less pain and less tension. It seems that a hot stone massage is beneficial for you. However, more research is required to understand why. Some benefits of hot stone massage are unique. Others are due to the larger benefits of massage.
Hot stone massage: Top 10 Benefits
The benefits of hot stones massage are numerous and sometimes unique. These are our top 10.
1. It’s comforting and relaxing
Think of the pleasure of being made warm by a fireside on a chilly day and you’ll understand why the heat of the hot stones is so comforting and relaxing. It’s like being deeply embraced, right into your soul. It just feels like you’re ‘home’.
2. Heat aids depth
One of the main benefits of hot stones is the heat that penetrates your body. This allows for many of the benefits of massage to be delivered at a deeper level. This allows for intense muscle relaxation, which allows the massage therapists to work more deeply without having to apply the same pressure as they would in a deep tissue massage.
3. Pain relief and tension relief
Heat is well-known natural pain relief. Heat can be extremely effective in relieving tension and pain. The blood flow to a region increases when heat is applied. It can relieve spasms, allow a joint or muscles to be gently stretched and allow for movement and mobility.
4. Stress and anxiety relief
Scientifically, massage, including hot stones massage, has been shown to reduce anxiety and stress. It’s actually fascinating to learn why this is. Massage stimulates many processes. Massage can stimulate many processes that reduce anxiety and stress. At the same time, the ‘stress’ hormones, such as norepinephrine and cortisol, are lowered.
5. Aids to sleep
One of the many benefits of a hot stone massage at home is the ability to help you get deeper, more restful sleep. Indeed, one study has shown that massage is particularly beneficial for easing insomnia in postmenopausal women. While more research is needed on the benefits and sleep of hot stone massage, we know that it promotes good sleep for everyone.
6. Immune boosting
Many of the techniques in a Swedish massage can also work in hot stone massage. Amazingly, Swedish massage is also available in hot stone massage. shown to positively impact your immune system even after one session, it can be a significant improvement in your immunity. It’s amazing to know that you can boost immunity by simply being massaged and pampered.
7. Management of chronic pain
Massage can be helpful for people suffering from chronic pain conditions such as Fibromyalgia. has been shown to bring tangible positive effects. Science shows that this is due partly to the body’s use of substance P. Other research has shown that people with painful Rheumatoid Arthritis have also experienced less pain.
8. Cancer management
Swedish massage can be combined with hot stone massage. shown to really help cancer patients manage the symptoms of their disease. A caring massage can help people with cancer symptoms.
9. Get rid of toxins
Many practitioners of hot stone massage believe that one of the real benefits of this type of massage is its ability to draw toxins to the surface of the skin, and eliminate them through the body’s natural sweating process. This results in a radiant glow.
Whether it’s due to the balance of energy flow, or some other lesser understood process in the body and mind, a hot stone massage can restore balance and many feel it helps with self-healing.
After-care Hot Stone Massage
We recommend these guidelines if you are having a hot stone massage aftercare advice. You should drink lots of water, as heat can cause you to sweat and become dehydrated. You can also flush out toxins by flushing your system.
Be open with your therapist when you have a hot stone massage. The hot stone massage isn’t recommended for those who are pregnant, or who have diabetes, high blood pressure, or if you are on medication that thins the blood.
Book a Room hot stone massage at home in London with Secret Spa. We also offer mobile massage services in Manchester and Brighton. Please book at least 48 hours in advance.
Looking for a different type of massage service? We also offer deep tissue massage, pregnancy massage, sports massage, lymphatic drainage massage, And reflexology.