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Stone Massage Techniques That Work

Apr 2, 2008
Getting a massage is an excellent way to relax after a long hard day at work, but massages can also serve as physical therapy to assist in curing conditions such as back pain, muscle cramps, or even sinus inflammation. One of the best techniques to help alleviate pressure in the body is the stone massage, which is a service you will find in the majority of spas and related treatment centers. Here is some information about the stone massage process that will help you to decide if this method will work best for your body.

What Stone Massages Involve

A stone massage involves putting either very warm or very cold stones on part of your body that needs to be healed. Warm stones are normally placed on the muscles or back so that it can increase blood flow. Warm stones also help the muscle to relax and unwind, so that your massage therapist can work the muscle tissue in a more thorough way without causing discomfort. This is particularly ideal if you are going through a recurring sports injury, or if you have had prevailing muscle cramps or spasms.

Cold stones are ordinarily used throughout a stone massage for people who experience sinus swelling or congestion. These stones are placed on the sinuses, and can alleviate the pain as well as pressure headaches that are connected to sinus infections. In order to gain energy and to balance your mood, your massage therapist might do some energy work on you when you are on the massage table. This will help to adjust your energy fields or chakras, and will step-up the body's ability to heal itself.

If Necessary Do It Yourself

You can also do a stone massage on yourself in the solace of your own home, because there are kits that are available at health stores and physical therapy centers that have stones, heating and cooling devices, and massage mats to lay down on when you're undoing some of the damage that has been caused to your muscles and joints.

If you have specific health conditions, such as arthritis or possibly osteoporosis, that might suppress the success of your stone massage, be sure to discuss with your doctor and massage therapist about the alternatives that would be best suited for you. You might have to get a session that is less (or possibly more) profound depending upon the condition of your bones and your muscles, and you might even be able to prevent certain health problems in the future by receiving a stone massage regularly.
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