Hot stone massages can benefit your mind as much as your body. We
usually think about the benefits of these massages for our bodies. For
instance, hot stone massages can:
o improve our blood circulation
o reduce pain
o release toxins
o relax our muscles
These benefits are certainly important,
especially after a stressful day at work or school. However, we should
not disregard the mental benefits of massage. Maintaining sound mental
health is equally as important as maintaining sound physical health.
Here are some of the most important mental benefits from a hot stones
1. Improves our ability to think calmly
When our minds are stressed-out, we tend to react to situations in
an irrational way, and to make irrational decisions. The results could
be disastrous. For instance, "road rage" can cause us to drive
aggressively and make various irrational decisions. That could include
running a red traffic light, cutting off another driver, etc. Indeed,
remember the old adage "cooler heads will prevail." A hot stone massage
can help to relax your mind, allowing you to think rationally and
2. Encourages a relaxed state of alertness
My Little League baseball "career" lasted one season, after I got a
black eye on a pop-fly ball. However, we can apply the baseball lesson
of "keeping your eye on the ball," to virtually every aspect of our
lives. It is important that we are constantly alert throughout the day.
We must be alert to operate a vehicle, listen to the instructions of
bosses, teachers, and so on.
Hot stone massages can increase our
state of alertness. They become a form of meditation, clearing our minds
of the worries of the world. When our minds are not bogged down with
these thoughts, we can focus on our day-to-day lives. Also, when our
bodies our relaxed, we are physically ready to spring into action when
in "fight or flight" situations.
3. Improves our ability to be creative
It is difficult to write a poem or song lyrics, when our minds
remain focused on other matters. However, by clearing and relaxing our
minds through a hot stone massage, we get our "creative juices" flowing,
and can then produce extraordinary creative works.
4. Lowers mental stress
Typically, when we think about stress, we think about the physical
effects that it has on our lives. However, we should not overlook the
impact of mental stress. A low-to-moderate level of stress in our lives
is good. However, when our lives experience too much stress, this can be
overbearing on our minds. We continuously fret about the difficulties
in our lives, causing our minds to feel as disorganized as an unsolved
jigsaw puzzle. Fortunately, a hot stone massage can help to reduce our
mental stress, making our minds at peace.
When we think about the
benefits of hot stone therapy, we typically focus on the benefits to our
body. However, we should not overlook the benefits to our minds. Hot
stone massages can help to unleash the power of positive thinking!
Most people will turn to massage therapy to relax and revitalize
their tired bodies and for that there are different types of massage one
can choose from. You may not know it but actually there are over a
hundred different types of massage, which means that your choice is not
limited to the more common ones.
Through the years people have
come up with different ways to improve or to develop variations with
massage techniques infusing Eastern techniques with the Western
techniques. But whichever technique you decide to have, massages in
general are beneficial to both your mind and your body.
the health benefits one can get from different massage techniques are:
improved blood circulation, relief from tension headaches and
detoxification among others. To give you an idea of the massage
therapies you should try, here are other popular types of massage that
is sure to help you find harmony within your body.
massage is perhaps the most popular choice for a massage therapy. It
involves kneading and circular movements using smooth strokes to help
penetrate through the muscles. This type of massage may either use oils
or lotions for skin application to help with the massage strokes.
you are in your menopausal years and you are looking for ways to
relieve you from menopausal symptoms you would probably turn to modern
medicine but if you are looking towards the alternative solution then
you should try Swedish massage because it is not only good for tensed
muscles it is also good for relieving anxiety, depression and other
psychological symptoms associated with menopause.
2. Next on the
list is called deep tissue massage. This massage uses deep pressure
targeted across the affected muscles to relieve stress and tension,
which is important to regain normal movements that is movements without
the pain and stiffness. It is especially recommended for those who are
recovering from injuries like whiplash and sports injuries and those
with postural problems.
3. If you find bathing in warm water
soothing then you should try hot stone massage also known as warm stone
massage that commonly uses basalt, a type of stone, basically because of
its smoothness. It is one of the various types of massage that utilizes
indigenous materials in administering the massage.
It is a good
application immediately before performing traditional massage to help
loosen up tensed muscles. You can also opt to have the stones run along
your muscles instead of the therapists' hands if you find it more
relaxing that way.
4. Pregnant women can also have massage
sessions although they have to make sure that the massage therapist is
well-trained in administering pre-natal massage since pregnancy is a
special case to work on. Most pregnant women experience pains and
discomfort and now that massage for them is possible they can experience
less stress during their pregnancy.
5. Perhaps one of the massage
therapies that have gained popularity recently is the aromatherapy
massage. The therapeutic effects in this type of massage lies in the
essential oils that the massage therapist uses for relaxation and to
energize your mind and body.
There are other types of massage that
uses techniques that you may never have seen or heard before. Trying
other massage types will surely give your massage experience a new twist
so explore and enjoy massages to help you deal with the stresses of
Are you pregnant? Are you stressed, cramped up or sleep-deprived?
A pregnancy massage may be what you need. While almost everyone enjoys
the relaxation of a good massage, during pregnancy the benefits are even
Before you make your appointment, make sure you take care of safety first:
Find a massage therapist that is specially trained and certified in
pregnancy massage. They will be aware of all the following safety
factors, but you should know them as well:
* If you are at risk of
preterm labor, or have a blood clotting disorder, then do not attempt
massage without first consulting your doctor. Some therapists may
require doctor approval from all pregnant clients.
massages during the first trimester of your pregnancy: The increased
blood circulation during this time may cause to become dizzy, and may
increase morning sickness.
* Make sure you are placed in a semi-reclining position, or lie on your side with lots of pillows for support.
Do not allow excessive pressure on your ankles or the webbing between
your thumb and index finger: these areas can induce early labor when
sustained pressure is applied to them.
Once all the safety issues
are taken care of, relax and enjoy! Most pregnancy massages are
perfectly safe and will benefit both yourself and the growing child.
Most importantly, they help you relax and will lower your stress level.
That alone may alleviate many other discomforts. They may also:
* increase blood circulation,
* lower your heart rate,
* relieve muscle cramps and spasms,
* reduce lower back and neck pain,
* reduce swelling in hands and ankles
* provide a less painful and easier delivery!
you go to your appointment, consider taking your partner with you. By
learning what comforts you, they can help you relax via massage
throughout your pregnancy and during labour. Make sure the therapist
highlights all safety concerns to your partner and teaches them safe
So contact a qualified massage therapist
today, and make that appointment that will help you relax and better
enjoy this wonderful time of your life.