Hot Stone Massage
The hot stone massage treatment is an all-natural massage that uses smooth, flat, heated stones placed on specific parts of the body. Massage therapists hold these heated stones and massage your body using Swedish massaging techniques to relax and release tension inside your muscles. This is an amazing treatment, and it is extremely well known for its soothing nature on the skin and for causing reduced muscle strains.
Understanding Hot Stone Massage
The earliest hot stone massages were used in India to improve health and relaxation. This is an ancient healing tradition used over 5,000 years ago among Hindus and it was called Ayurveda. Nowadays, hot stone massages are becoming a popular complementary therapy to heal many conditions. The use of heat has been shown in the past to ease muscle tension and increase flexibility.
Want to balance your Mind, Body, and Spirit? This ancient massage technique has been used to do exactly that for thousands of years. Your therapist will use heated basalt stones combined with long relaxing strokes and then gently place the heated stones on your body in an ancient holistic healing pattern to ensure you are once again fully aligned with your mind, body, and soul.
See Our Couple Massage Options
Invigorating Back Scrub
Warm Oil Scalp Massage
Additional 15 minutes, incorporated into service time, unavailable for 30 minute service
Scented Body Butter
Hot Stone Massage Benefits
Deep muscle relaxation
Hot stone massages are known to be a helpful way to reduce stress and ease muscle tension. Through the heat of the stones and the kneading of tense muscles, hot stone massages can promote relaxation in the body that releases built-up stress and tightness.
Improved Blood Circulation
Heat has long been used as a way to ease pain and improve blood circulation. When blood vessels are heated, they will dilate to increase blood flow. This helps the blood travel to sore muscles and weaker areas in the body; causing them to heal faster and reduce muscle spasms.
Alleviation of Chronic Pain
This treatment is especially healing for those that experience deep muscular pain. Through increased blood flow brought from the heated stones, the body draws in healthy nutrients and much-needed oxygen.
Stress and Anxiety Reduction
When we relieve pain and stress from the body, we can also relieve the pain and stress built up in the mind as well. Hot stone massages relieve physical pain and allow natural healing to occur within the body. This allows your mind to release built-up stress and ease into relaxation. This reduces anxiety and moodiness, creating an environment for a clear head and an alert mind.
Enhanced Sleep Quality
Hot stone massages enhance the relaxation process and balance energy flow. Afterward, this can help your body slip into that state of relaxation more easily in the future since an increase in melatonin production is flowing more fluidly.
Detoxification and Lymphatic Drainage
The benefits of hot stone massages can also be seen through their’ detoxification properties. The stones’ heat increases sweating, eliminating toxins from the body. This can also help strengthen the immune system and promote lymph circulation.
Improved Emotional Balance
Deep tissue massages can bring about major emotional releases of negative emotions that have been stored in the body. It’s actually a very common occurrence during a massage. They are known to help improve mood swings and improve positivity.
What Types of Massage Do You Offer?
Here at Spa Royale, we practice many different forms of massage techniques to provide the relief our clients look for from a professional day spa. All of our clients have their own preferences and favorite massages, of course. More than that, massages serve different purposes and provide different health benefits.
Some of the types of massage we perform include:
- Traditional Swedish massage
- Himalayan Salt massage
- Deep tissue massage
- Hot stone massage
- Bamboo therapy
- Body wrap treatment
With a combination of other therapeutic enhancements like aromatherapy, music, skin exfoliation, cupping, and scalp massage, our treatment options give our clients a complete solution to discomfort, pain, and stress.
What is a Swedish Massage?
While a Swedish massage sounds sophisticated, in Sweden it’s simply known as a “classic massage.” That’s not to say that a Swedish massage offers no benefits. On the contrary, we recommend a Swedish massage to clients who have never had a massage before.
A Swedish massage focuses on relieving the tightest areas of the body such as tendons and large muscle groups. In the meantime, the masseuse applies lighter and broader pressure to bony and prominent edges. This gives the Swedish massage the well-earned reputation as the perfect massage for relaxation and stress relief.
The long-term benefits of Swedish massages become apparent quite quickly. The pressure of the massage stimulates blood flow through the body. For some, this has relieved common and lasting pain associated with back problems and nervous system conditions.
What Makes a Deep Tissue Massage Different From a Swedish Massage?
The main difference between the two techniques is in their purpose. Where the Swedish massage is meant to induce relaxation with light pressure, a deep tissue massage requires the masseuse to increase the pressure to reach muscle groups that reside beneath muscles and tissue nearer to the surface. The pressure required can be intense and sometimes painful. It is common for a masseuse to use his or her fingers, fists, and even elbows.
Deep tissue massages are recommended for athletes, distance runners, and for those suffering from long-term injuries. We often work with the clients of doctors who have recommended us. We love helping those suffering from debilitating pain find an effective way to relieve their symptoms!
What is a Himalayan Salt Massage?
Himalayan salt is mined in the Punjab region of Pakistan, at the foothills leading the mighty peaks of the Himalayan mountains (that’s right, its name isn’t a marketing gimmick). The salt is easy to identify because of its delicate pink color and the pleasant antimicrobial smell it releases when heated.
The benefits of salt have been studied for hundreds of years. Besides containing a higher concentration of essential minerals, salt is a very effective exfoliant. This allows skin to better retain moisture and reveal a more youthful and smooth appearance. Before the massage itself, polished and heated portions of Himalayan salt are placed in specific places to loosen and relax the muscles needing the most attention.
Many of our clients swear by the Himalayan salt massage because of how relaxed they feel afterwards. You will feel many benefits right away, including deeper sleep, smoother skin, and relief from muscle pain.
What is a Body Wrap?
If you have ever used a face mask to exfoliate and brighten your skin, then you have a partial idea of the purpose of a body wrap. Using a mix of ingredients that include mineral-rich mud, creams, and essential oils, the body mask is applied before covering the mask with warm coverings that allow the body to relax, open pores, and improve your skin’s health.
Naturally, the mask and the warm covering will make you sweat. While it may appear that the body mask has helped you lose a pound or two, the weight loss comes from a loss of water from sweating. Don’t be alarmed, however; just be sure to drink lots of water after the treatment!
What is a Hot Stone Massage? What is Bamboo Therapy?
Similar to the Himalayan salt massage, a hot stone massage uses smooth, heated basalt rocks to loosen specific muscle groups before the relaxing massage. Bamboo therapy utilizes different-sized heated bamboo rods to aid the masseuse in pinpointing points of pain and discomfort.
What Health Benefits can I expect From a Massage?
The primary reason Spa Royale offers many different kinds of massage techniques is because they all focus on different methods of relieving pain, improving skin health and color, and relieving stress. The wonderful thing about massage therapy is that the benefits are both short-term and long-term. Those who have never experienced a massage before can experience immediate relaxation, and those who receive regular massage treatments rarely see such benefits vanish.
Make Your Appointment For A Relaxing Massage At Spa Royale In Gainesville, Florida
When you visit Spa Royale for the first time, you’ll wish you had scheduled an appointment with our talented and experienced massage therapists sooner! The benefits of hot stone massages are numerous and heal both the physical body and the mental state. If you are interested in finding a hot stone massage near me, come visit Spa Royal in Gainesville, Fl! Give us a call today!