How Hot Stone Massages Work

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The use of smooth, hot stones gives hot stone massage its name. During the specialty massage, the therapist uses heated therapeutic stones as an extension of his hands for massage purpose. Some hot stone massage sessions also work by placing stones on the body to provide a deeply relaxing experience. The hot stone therapy at Aura Wellness Spa NYC also helps warm up tight muscles. Hot stones have been in use since time immemorial by Native Americans for therapeutic benefits. Native Americans would use stones heated by fire to treat aching muscles. It involves a lot of precision, skill, and training on the part of the therapist to work with hot stones for maximum therapeutic effects. Massage therapists at Aura Spa NYC specialize in hot stone massage and know how to use the stones to manipulate your body parts, nerves, and tissues.

The hot stone massage has become a widely popular therapeutic option today to help release stress and offer ultimate relaxation. A great way to pamper yourself, hot stone massage at Asian massage NYC is a specialized technique to boost your overall health and wellbeing.

The Origins of Hot Stone Massage Therapy

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Hot Stone Massage Therapy can be linked back to ancient healing rituals used in China and India dating back to 3000 years. In North America, the use of hot stones as a health and wellness treatment can be found back to alternative health prevention practiced by Southwestern Native Indians. Like most wellness treatments, the massage therapy benefits of a hot stone massage add to the enjoyment of the full experience.

Before you arrive at the wellness spa in NYC, the massage therapist will make sure that basalt, volcanic stones are sanitized and heated in extremely hot water. One unique characteristic of these stones is that they absorb and retain heat, making them a perfect massaging product that provides warmth during the session. These stones have been smoothed by natural forces.

Natural Evolution of Japanese Hot Stone Massage

As a volcanically formed island, Japan has held a long tradition of utilizing the healing mineral hot springs since the ancient times. Along with the healing properties in the hot mineral water, the springs contained volcanic stones, such as basalt, which absorbed and retained heat leading to the practice of using the smaller hot stones to massage the areas of the neck, and shoulders to relieve tensions.

What is Hot Stone Massage Therapy?

When you visit Spa Aura wellness spa in NYC, you should get ready for a unique pampering experience even without a local volcano or hot spring. The hot stone massage uses smooth, volcanic basalt stones which are then heated with a warm water or hot steam bath. The hot massage stones vary in sizes and shapes so they will fit better onto the various chakras or energy points of the body.

The therapist begins by applying oil to the body and then uses gliding movements to move stones on muscles, neck, back, legs, and shoulders.

As the hot stone is placed onto the body chakras, you can immediately experience relaxation and calmness. The heat produced from the stones together with firm and long massage strokes helps relax muscles, soothe nerves, and alleviate stress, so that you experience ultimate relaxation.

Basalt river rocks are the specialized stones used for hot stone massage therapy for their smooth curves. These stones have become smooth over a period of time from the river’s current. Hot stone massage is the best therapeutic way to treat people that tend to feel chilly or experience muscle tension. The heat from these stones provides a relaxation effect for muscles.

Benefits of Japanese Hot Stone Massage Therapy

This kind of massage is considered safe for people of all ages when performed by trained and professional staff. However, pregnant women should avoid taking this therapy.

  • Promotes deep muscle and tissue relaxation
  • Soothes nerves so that your nervous system works at its optimal best
  • Ease stressed minds and bodies
  • Enhance mental clarity
  • Reduce pain and comfort
  • Releases toxins and relieves physical pain, discomfort, anxiety, insomnia, osteoporosis
  • Improves blood circulation naturally for better bodily functions
  • Regulate symptoms of painful conditions
  • Calms the mind and aids in better sleep

Getting a Japanese hot stone body massage will help improve blood circulation, detoxify the body, and rejuvenate mind and body with renewed energy.

Aura Wellness Spa offers the best Hot Stone Massage Therapy in New York City. Visit our online reservation system to book your appointment today.