emotional health & wellbeing

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Hot Stone Massage

8/6/2018 12:00:00 AM

Want a massage experience unlike any other? Use your spa vouchers to indulge in a hot stone massage.

If you were lucky enough to receive a Spafinder Gift Voucher for Christmas or another special occasion you’ve got a world of facials, manicures, pedicures, massages and other treatments laid out before you.

The choice can be overwhelming, but with the cold of winter still with us, we recommend using your spa vouchers to enjoy a hot stone massage. The use of direct heat to relieve sore and stiff muscles is not new, but in a luxury spa, the treatment’s pampering qualities are above reproach. Your therapist is specially trained to provide you relief.

By varying the size of the stones, the mixture of essential oils, and the mood of the treatment room, the treatment can be tailored to your needs. Here’s a simple guide to help you get the most out of your session and ensure your spa vouchers are put to their best use.


Before Your Hot Stone Massage

There are a few things to consider before your hot stone massage session begins. This will help you to prepare and ensure that your massage will be as enjoyable and beneficial as possible.

  • Don’t eat anything for a couple of hours before, and also avoid drinking caffeine and alcohol too.

  • Give yourself time before your therapy to have a warm shower or spend some time in the spa’s sauna or Jacuzzi. This will help relax and soften the muscles prior to the hot stones being applied.

  • Talk to your therapist beforehand if this is your first hot stone massage. This will help set your mind at ease and let your therapist understand your particular needs.


During Your Hot Stone Massage

There are several benefits to hot stone massage treatments. Hot stone massage has been known to release tension, improve circulation, help you relax, and leave you energised afterwards. It also can provide relief from muscular pain, rheumatic conditions or arthritis, fibromyalgia, and back pain. It also can provide relief for stress, depression and insomnia.

The following pointers should help you get as many of the positive benefits as possible, and help you feel like you’ve got maximum value from your spa vouchers:

  • Communicate with your therapist. They are there to give you the best treatment possible, but we’re all individuals. If you want the massage to be lighter or more vigorous, or you want the lights dimmer it’s important to let them know.

  • Try to relax. At first, you may tense up, worried about the heat of the stones. Breathe deeply and freely to help you ease into the massage. If you’re struggling to relax let your therapist know and they can help you.

  • If you can’t switch off then focus outwards on the physical sensations. By bringing your attention back to the body you will naturally relax.


After Your Hot Stone Massage

Your session is at an end, and hopefully, you feel you’ve put your spa vouchers to good use. But like all such therapies the benefits of hot stone massage can extend beyond the spa if you follow these simple steps:

  • Avoid strenuous exercise or activity for at least a few hours after your massage, and ideally until the next day. The massage will release a lot of toxins out of your muscles which can make you feel a little washed out.

  • Drink plenty of water. This is important to help flush the toxins from your system.

  • If you can, spend some time in the spa’s relaxation area and let your body recover. If you can’t do that then make sure you don’t rush straight back to work or chores. You may feel tired and possibly a little emotional too. This is normal and you should listen to your body.


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