Why would anyone want a Hot Stone Massage?

Hot Stone Massage TherapyFor those of you who think of massage in terms of the Swedish-hands-on, rubbing up and down version, hot rocks might sound about as exciting as, well, rocks.

So why are people lining up for Japanese Hot Stone Massages? What’s the big deal?

Anma is one of Asia’s oldest massage techniques, dating back over 5000 years. It literally means “to press” (An) and “rub” (ma). Japanese hot stone massage comes out of that tradition, bringing with it roots in acupressure, energy meridians, and chi flow. In the days of feudal Japan, about 500 years ago, Samurai warriors were given these hot stone massage treatments to prepare them for battle. This treatment balanced their chi so they would be in their “Zen” while fighting.

By stimulating certain acupoints on the body with smooth, heated stones, the idea is to harmonize the flow of energy in the body by relaxing muscles and improving circulation. Whether or not you know what a “meridian” is, hot stone massages are deeply relaxing.

Massage therapists both place stones at specific acupoints and use hot stones with oil to massage your muscles, so Swedish massage fans will not be left disappointed. In fact, some hot stone massages begin with a traditional Swedish massage. It’s a much more active massage than you’d think!

Other than harmonizing your chi flow, health benefits of hot stone massage include:

  • Releasing toxins
  • Releasing tension
  • Improving circulation
  • Improving the immune system
  • Increasing metabolism

If you want to try something a little different, discover this 5000 year old secret! A great hot stone massage is a specialty treatment, requiring a well trained and experienced therapist.

At RedBamboo MediSpa, we offer a 90 minute hot stone therapy for $85.

 

 

Surprising Health Benefits of Massage

Health Benefits of Massage

You know you feel better during and after a massage, but it’s too easy to deny yourself a treat when life gets busy. But, like chocolate, the health benefits that come from pleasure can take away the guilt.

First, let’s explore some common massage techniques.

The most common type of massage is the Swedish massage, which uses gentle long strokes, kneading, and deep circular movements. Deep Tissue massages, also common, use slower, harder strokes to help relax deeper layers of muscles. At RedBamboo MediSpa, we also offer  Japanese Hot Stone Therapy in which heated stones are placed on the meridians of the body – where nerve endings meet along your spine, shoulder and neck – which stimulates those nerve systems and is especially good for preparing tight muscles for a Swedish or deep tissue massage. Hot stone massages are also wonderful on their own.

But what does all this pampering accomplish other than feeling very very good? The answer may surprise you. According to the Mayo Clinic, massage has been linked not only to stress relief, but also to managing anxiety and depression, blood pressure control, boosting immunity, even cancer treatment. A study conducted by Dr. Mark Rapaport (who wondered why his wife was getting so many massages), found that participants who were treated with Swedish massage had less stress hormones and more white blood cells in blood tests, and participants who had an even lighter massage showed increased levels of oxytocin.  You can read more about the study in O Magazine, or just come in for a massage and do your own research. Hey, it’s good for you.

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