Most people are familiar with at least a few of the more standard variations of massage therapy used in spas these days. A relaxing hands-on massage can be the highlight of any week, and provide those who receive them with the type of therapeutic attention they need to release muscle tension and alleviate stress. There is more to massage therapy, however, than just the most commonly-known techniques. One alternative technique provided here at Tiffany Beauty Spa involves a different approach to this popular form of muscle therapy: hot stone massage. And while it might sound like a new concept, it actually has a long history in older cultures.
Hot Stone History
According to researchers, the use of heated stones for massage is a practice that has been in use since at least the time of ancient Egypt – thousands of years ago. There is also evidence that this technique was perhaps in use 5,000 years ago as part of the Ayurveda healing system in India. The Japanese, Chinese, Africans, and Europeans all used similar systems for healing. In the Americas, native tribes used heated stones both for healing and during various tribal rituals.
In short, this is a therapeutic healing system with a long history of proven success that has been inexistence in one form or another throughout much of human history. And while modern views of the treatment tend to be shaped more by the proven scientific benefits of heat in the healing process than by traditional understandings or ritual belief systems, the fact remains that the ancients obviously knew what they were doing when they relied on heat for muscle therapy and other healing!
What Makes Hot Stone Massage So Different?
People often wonder why heated stones can make any sort of real difference during massage. The answer is simple: heat promotes both relaxation and healing, and does so in a non-disruptive way. Often times, deep tissue massages can leave behind lingering traces of discomfort due to the amount of effort required to manipulate tissue at the deeper levels. The heat from the stones alleviates the need for that intense massaging, and instead penetrates into the deepest layers of muscle fibers.
The best part is that modern therapists have a great deal of flexibility when it comes to incorporating these stones into their massages. The heat can be used as a complement to more traditional massages during a manual massage session, or they can be used by themselves to loosen tight muscle tissue and relieve stress. Either way, the benefits are extensive, as heated stones can relax muscles, reduce mental and emotional stress, and even alleviate back pain and other discomfort.
Today’s massage therapists are armed with more tools than at any time in history. Ancient techniques such as this provide us with just the options you need for enhanced relaxation and stress release, and can help to rejuvenate and reinvigorate your body, mind, and spirit. So, the next time you’re planning a massage, contact Tiffany Beauty Spa to learn more about how hot stone massage in Fort Lauderdale can benefit you.