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10 Tips To Enhance The Benefits Of A Hot Stone Therapy

Mar 4, 2008
Stress is one of those things we wish did not exist. A world with no work overload, no deadly deadlines, no monstrous boss, no traffic jams, and no tiring household chores certainly looks like an ideal world. But at the same time, it seems boring too, right?

If you really think about it, stress does spice up our lives and somehow makes us stronger individuals. That is of course, once we conquer it and learn to live with it.

But how does one learn to live with stress?

One good answer to that question is massage. Because we can not run away or hide from it, we can use a relaxation technique like a hot stone massage to rid ourselves of stress even just for a few hours (what you may not know is that a few hours can make a big difference in your state of well-being).

Now to help you maximize the relaxation properties of a hot stone therapy, here are some tips:

1. Hire a professional hot stone therapist to do the massage for you. To save you from further stress, get recommendations from family and friends who have tried the same kind of therapy. You may also browse online for therapists or spas that offer this treatment.

2. Drink water before and after the therapy to help your body get rid of unwanted toxins.

3. It's best that you don't eat a full or heavy meal at least an hour before your therapy. If you are really hungry, snack on light biscuits only.

4. Play soft music (or your favorite relaxing song) in your mp3 player or disc man while you get your massage.

5. Conceal unwanted noise and disrupting rackets by listening to relaxing sounds like water dripping from a fountain, soft rain or birds humming.

6. Light up some scented candles that have aromatic oils. This can enhance the benefits that you will get from the massage by enabling you to relax and calm your mind.

7. Make sure that the massage area is comfortable for you. Add padded cushion on the table or use pillows to add comfort.

8. Keep stressful thoughts out of your mind. Try your best to calm and relax your mind. A good way to do that is to focus on the pleasurable sensation of the massage and to imagine only serene and calming thoughts.
9. Loosen up your muscles. Tensed muscles are much more difficult to relieve so it is recommended that you relax your body when getting a massage.

10. Don't bring your children to the massage session. This is a time for yourself. Do not subject yourself to further exhaustion by having them run around while you get your massage. Besides, it is not safe for them to be in the massage room while you get a hot stone therapy.

11. Turn off your cellular phone. There is nothing wrong with ignoring the outside world for a few minutes or hours of relaxation.

A hot stone therapy is indeed an excellent way to deal with stress. And with these simple tips, you will be able to have a blissful massage experience that will make you look forward for more.
About the Author
For more information about hot stone, visit Chris Turley's site www.tirmassagestone.com .
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