Have a Spa Day at Home with a Relaxing Hot Stone Therapy Massage
When you go for your pedicure, some spa’s give you a nice 5-minute treatment. After all you’ve been through, you deserve more, right?
You can, however, relax as though you’re at the spa without the expensive spa costs. Consider a generous do-it-yourself hot stone therapy massage. It’s not expensive and doesn’t require many materials.
The Benefits of Hot Stone Therapy
Hot stone therapy was used in ancient China, Egypt, India, and by the North American Indians. This therapy dates back over 3000 years! Some therapy treatments are combined with soothing essential oils.
You get the same wonderful benefits of a Swedish massage with the additional benefits of the soothing heat on your tired muscles. This helps aid in a deep relaxation treatment of the muscles. Hot stone therapy is best for:
- Muscle relaxation
- Pain relief
- Improved circulation
- Mental benefits
How to Give Yourself Your Own Hot Stone Therapy Treatment
- You want to make sure you are using quality stones so that they retain the heat. You won’t find them in your backyard. Unless you’re lucky enough to live close to a river, you can find these stones at your local health food store or these Personal Massage Stone Set Basalt Hot Rocks Stones would be a great start.
- Start with clean massage stones. Clean them in a bowl or sink full of water. Add a bit of antibacterial soap and rinse well.
- There are stone warmers available, but you can use your own electric slow-cooker, rice cooker, or a deep saucepan filled with water to heat your stones. Let them warm for 30 minutes or so. They should not be hotter than 125 degrees Fahrenheit. You want the stones hot enough to penetrate deep into your muscles, but not enough to burn your skin.
Places to Use Your Hot Therapy Stones
You can essentially treat your entire body. However, some key areas include:
- Inner thighs
- Behind the knee and your calf
- The sole of your feet
- Neck, shoulders, lower and upper back
- The palm of your hands
- The center of your forehead (use a thin cloth to protect your face)
Of course, it’s easiest to be pampered if someone gives you the treatment, but this may not always be convenient. It’s advised not to use much oil when using the stones. So apply just a dab to help you glide the stones across your skin.
Use the larger stones to massage the larger sections of your body. For areas such as your back, simply line the stones on your bed or a table. Lie on them. Continue to lay on the stones until the heat dissipates.
Treat yourself to a relaxing hot stone therapy massage today. This is perfect to do to unwind after work to relieve stress or after an intense workout.
Here’s an additional video where you can learn a few techniques for a back massage using hot stone therapy. Enjoy and relax.