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Hot Stone Massage
 
 Heat has long been used as treatment for muscular pain and tension. 

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How many times have you whipped out that trusty old rice pack and thrown it in the microwave to calm your aching neck, right?

And when a thing ain’t broke…well, don’t fix it.

 
What is a Hot Stone Massage?

A Hot Stone session involves the use of, you guessed it, heated stones.

The massage therapist holds the stones in their hands, and moves them around, working on areas of tension and pain, just like in a normal massage.

Heat impacts the body in multiple ways, ultimately resulting in a calmer, more relaxed You.

Warmth is innately calming to the Nervous System. This elicits multiple total body responses. Some of these responses include a slower heart rate and breath rate, lower blood pressure, and a decrease in overall muscle tone.

In addition to a total body response, the heat also elicits a local response, specific to the area being worked. The heat increases local blood flow, more or less melting away stubborn tension. Literally.

 
Benefits of Hot Stone Massage Include
 
  • Chronic Pain Relief
  • Decreased Muscle Spasms
  • Stress and Anxiety Relief
  • Increased Flexibility
  • Increased Mobility
Risks of Hot Stone Massage

Even though there are many benefits associated with Hot Stone Massage, it is not always the right choice. Hot Stone Massage should therefore be avoided in the following scenarios:

Avoid Hot Stones in Areas Of:

 
  • Recent or Severe Bruising/Cuts/Scrapes
  • Recent Sunburn
  • Varicose Veins
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Skin conditions that respond poorly to heat, such as Eczema or Psoriasis

Avoid Hot Stones Completely If:
 
  • Current Infection/Illness
  • Currently under the influence of Drugs or Alcohol
  • Currently Pregnant (after all, we don’t want to cook the baby!)

Why Should I See Summit Therapeutics?

Remember that Hot Stones / burns are the #1 massage liability insurance claim.

Ultimately, when massage therapists aren’t trained, clients risk getting burned and even scarred.

Here at Summit, we are trained and insured, so you can be sure you’re in safe hands.

Book an appointment today to experience hot stones for yourself. And don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and subscribe to our newsletter below!

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