Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Hot Stone Massage

hot stone massageHeated stones have been used therapeutically for thousands of years, in China, Iran, Central America and by native Americans. Smooth black basalt lava stones are used in massage because their porousness holds heat and absorbs toxins from the body.

Before massage the stones are immersed in water and heated to 55 degrees. The heat from the stones loosens stiff muscles and relaxes the body and mind, deeply and meditatively.

What happens during a hot stone massage?

The massage starts with the client lying face down. The stones are held to check they are not too hot, and then placed on specific points. Once the body is warmed and relaxed, the stones become an extension of the therapist’s hands, massaging the body with organic massage waxes.

This process is repeated on other parts of the body. Sometimes small stones are also placed between your toes or in the palm of your hand.

During massage the client is unclothed beneath a towel. Only the area of the body being worked on is uncovered.

What are the benefits of a hot stone massage?

Many people find the warmth of the stones comforting as well as relaxing. Their weight helps you feel grounded, reassured, and nurtured. They also increase circulation and lymph flow, and this in turn allows healing nutrients travel to the treated areas.

People with muscle tension who prefer a lighter touch often opt for a hot stone massage as the therapeutic effects permeate the body without the need for too much deep bodywork. The heat helps to ease pain in conditions such as:

  • Back ache
  • Osteoarthritis and arthritis
  • Frozen shoulder

and it helps you relax and feel better if you have:

  • Stress, anxiety and tension
  • Insomnia
  • Depression

Contact Benedetta to arrange a hot stone massage

Note: this therapy is available at the Morningside practice only.

Other relaxing massages:

Benedetta practices from her relaxed and comfortable rooms in the leafy Hermitage area of Morningside, Edinburgh.

Frozen Shoulder Treatment

Frozen shoulder can severely restrict your ability to carry out some everyday tasks, and can last for 2-3 years without treatment. However, a well-targeted course of massage treatment can help speed up your recovery by quite a few months, and reduce pain and discomfort.

Aware that this is a common complaint, Benedetta recently undertook a specialist massage course on treating shoulder girdle pain, including frozen shoulder.

Essential to effective treatment is a diagnosis so that she can work out which muscles might be the problem and need to be worked on. Questions Benedetta will ask you during the consultation include:

  • Where is the pain at the moment?
  • What movement or action makes it worse?
  • How long has it been going on?
  • What caused the problem? if known
  • Have you been to the doctor and been diagnosed?
  • Have you had an x-ray or MRI scan?

Frozen shoulder treatment may include trigger point therapymyofascial release and stretching.

She will also give you stretching homework and teach you how to do trigger point therapy yourself, along with appropriate application of heat, cold, or both.

Contact Benedetta to arrange frozen shoulder treatment

Benedetta practices from her relaxed and comfortable rooms in the leafy Hermitage area of Morningside, Edinburgh.