The Health Benefits of a Hot Stone Massage

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Let Hot Stones Ease the Pressures of Daily Life in Dublin

Hot Stone Massage can enhance our physical and mental wellbeing in a number of ways including, but by no means limited to, the following great benefits:

  • Muscle Pain Relief
  • Muscle Tension Relief
  • Stress Reduction
  • Anxiety Reduction
  • Healthy Sleep Promotion
  • Immune System Enhancement
  • Mind and Body Relaxation

We all know that working life can be hard, especially for those of us working labour-intensive jobs, travelling frequently or conversely, those that require sitting at a desk all day in a busy office environment; they types of pains and difficulties that arise from our professions can vary greatly, but universally, we all need a good pampering, de-stress and corrective measures every once in a while.

If you’re aching for a relaxing massage to escape the stresses of everyday life and you’re looking for something new and perhaps a little different than some of the regular massage services available in and around Dublin, then a hot stone massage is the perfect choice for you. Keep reading to find out more about this well-regarded and increasingly popular message therapy format and its relevance to the modern beauty consumer here in Ireland.

What is a Hot Stone Massage?

A hot stone massage is a specific type of massage therapy which uses hot, smooth, flat stones to release tension and ease damaged soft tissues. These stones are placed on key areas of your body and provide many therapeutic and restorative functions. Our experts have listed some of the main health benefits that a hot stone massage can provide.

Similar in effectiveness to a Swedish, or Deep Tissue Massage, the hot stone brings an additional element of heat to the mix, which can be super-effective at breaking down pesky knots, easing the tension in your back and directing fluid towards your lymph nodes in a bid to correct your posture and alleviate any pain you may be suffering from.

How Can Hot Stone Therapy Benefit Me?

Aside from the obvious (and vital!) benefit of providing you with wonderful relaxation, there are some added advantages and benefits of indulging in a hot stone massage here at Araya Beauty.

Let us guide you through just a few with this simple list of essential reasons to at least give hot stone a try!

1. Helps Relieve Muscle Pain and Tension

It’s no secret that heat has been used to ease muscle pain and tension throughout the years. This is because it helps increase the flow of blood to any areas in our bodies that are affected by pain. It can also increase your range of motion and flexibility alongside reducing muscle spasms.

Since ancient times, heat has been used as a natural method to release muscle tension and to relieve pain. Heat helps to increase the blood flow to the affected area, while also reducing muscle spasms and increasing muscle flexibility. Having heat applied through hot stones to specific areas can significantly assist in pain relief and provides targeted attention to affected muscles.

2. Helps Reduce Anxiety and Stress

It has been verified scientifically through multiple studies over the years that massages help to release stress and anxiety. Stress reduction can help to reduce the risk of a number of serious problems including strokes, cardiovascular problems and mental health issues. Having any sort of massage or treatment is likely to aid you with relaxation and de-stressing, offering a host of physical and mental health benefits.

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Naturally, most of us want to receive a massage when we are feeling stressed as the idea of switching off and relaxing is beneficial in reducing anxiety levels. However, various studies have also supported this. One study by Science Direct has discovered that massage therapy can increase muscle relaxation, and improve both sleep quality and mood. Another study found that after people were massaged, the levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) decreased in their saliva.

3. Promotes a Good Night’s Sleep

A study undertaken in 2008 by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) in the US found that massages may be a natural alternative to sleeping pills for those who suffer from insomnia or similar nocturnal problems.

It suggests that not only do massages help people to fall asleep faster, but also provides them with deep R.E.M. sleep (Rapid Eye Movement, that is – not the sleep that naturally occurs with prolonged exposure to the Michael Stipe-fronted rock band!), resulting in them feeling more rested and alert upon waking.

The subjects of this study also commented on being more positive upon waking up, suggesting that a hot stone massage could not only improve your sleeping but also your mood.

4. May Help Boost Your Immunity

It has been suggested in scientific circles that hot stone massages may help to give your immune system a boost, increasing its ability to fight off infectious diseases. From a 2013 study by the NCBI:

A single session of massage therapy has a significant positive effect on hormones in the blood that regulate blood pressure and water retention, both of which help to increase the immune system and link hot stone massages to increased health and general wellbeing.

Building on this logic, it’s evident that a hot stone massage could well give your immune system a much-needed boost. According to these studies, just one session of massage therapy can have a positive impact on immunity. A massage can increase the number of lymphocytes and white blood cells.

This, to us, seems the perfect excuse to get a hot stone massage in the winter or cold months when we are most likely to catch an infection, cold or cough and to help avoid those dreaded ‘Winter blues’ as a truly amazing Irish Summer draws ever nearer conclusion.

With all these wonderful benefits on offer, what are you waiting for?! If you’re interested in a hot stone massage to help relieve some stress in your life, then why not visit our beauty salon in the heart of South Dublin today?

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If, having read this article, you feel that a hot stone massage isn’t for you, then you can still indulge in one of our many other massage options, including a Swedish massage, deep tissue massage or Thai massage, our expert team of friendly masseuses are fully qualified and certified to administer any professional massage therapy you desire!

Now that you know the benefits of hot stone massages, why not book yourself in for a treatment? For more information, please feel free to give us call, text, WhatsApp, email, ping us a message on social or simply pop in to our salon for a chat today!

You can even book your massage online via our convenient online booking system, simply click the booking button below select the date and time for your massage appointment and book yourself in – we hope to welcome you into our salon soon!

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COMMENTS ( 2 )

  • Natalie Holland

    This looks amazing Araya, I’m dying to try it! Will be in touch to book a session (or five) very soon!!

     
    • Araya

      Delighted you like it Natalie, see you very soon and have a lovely weekend!

       

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