What Does a Stone Massage Feel Like?

Everyone deserves a relaxing massage. Life demands so much from us, we all need a vacation from stress and responsibilities. Have you considered a stone massage? If you don’t know what that is, the experts in relaxation at Dutch Hollow Medical Day Spa in Godfrey, Illinois would love to show you. Our spa is known for personalized packages unique to everyone who comes to see us.

What is a stone massage?

Stone massage is a therapy that combines traditional massage with the application of stones on the skin. The stones can be many different temperatures to facilitate the flow of vital energy, relieving physical pain and emotional distress. Cold stones offer relief by reducing inflammation. Hot stones transfer heat deep into muscle tissue, releasing tension in your body. The stones are of varying sizes and are smooth to the touch.  

Our massage experts place the stones on different areas of your body, such as the spine, forehead, hands, and feet. Our job is to eliminate tension and pain, so you’ll feel relaxed and worry-free. 

Stone massage benefits

A stone massage can relieve stress, provides a sense of emotional wellbeing, and more.

Promotes pain relief

Because hot stones encourage blood flow through the painful areas of your body, this kind of massage relieves pain by reducing muscle spasms. The hot stones can also help with stiffness, increasing your range of motion. The cold stones relieve inflammation, and your massage specialists may alternate between the hot and cold stones for maximum relief. You’ll feel better than you have for a while.

Promotes sleep

Do you have insomnia or trouble sleeping at night? Maybe you feel like you never get a good night’s rest. Stone massage could be the key to your problem. It's been scientifically proven that stone massage promotes sleep. Massage is a brilliant alternative to prescription sleep medication or over-the-counter (OTC) sleep aids. In fact, many massage patients even fall asleep during a stone massage. 

Relieves arthritis pains

There is a reason this ancient art has only grown in popularity over the several thousand years it’s been around, and that reason is pain relief. Scientists at the University of Miami School of Medicine conducted a study proving that a weekly massage reduces rheumatoid arthritis pain. The study participants experienced a decrease in pain, a newly increased range of motion, and an increase in grip strength.

Reduces depression and promotes emotional wellbeing

Massage therapy has excellent success in relieving depression. Many depressed patients also experience physical symptoms like muscle aches, fatigue, insomnia, and joint pain. Stone massage creates immediate relaxation, providing benefits right away; medications can often take time to help ease symptoms. Over 17 clinical trials have taken place, proving that massage therapy is a viable option for depression treatment.

The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) even recommends massage therapy as an alternative to opioids. Many states and other government agencies have put the spotlight on massage therapy, touting its benefits as a wonderful alternative to potentially addictive pain killers and other drugs. It makes sense — the less pain you’re in, the better you feel.

You don’t need to experience pain or sleeplessness to schedule a stone massage. Everyone deserves a relaxing day at the spa. Call us today at 618-227-7168 or book an appointment using our convenient online scheduling tool. 

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