Nothing feels better than a hot bath, or the feeling of warm sun or sand on the back. I love this feeling. There is something great about this warmth. This relaxes our muscles and feels great on the skin and bones. There is a way to have this feeling through a trained massage technician. She/he will perform a hot stone massage. I was a little nervous at first when I heard about it – not to mention surprised, but I tried it. I loved it and make one part of my weekly routine.
This will be done by a professional and is very sanitary. Your masseuse will keep the stones in boiling water. This is done in order to avoid bacteria growing on them. They will be removed using a glove or another sanitary tool when they are required in order to give the massage.
The tools used for hot stone massage are basalt stones. Throughout the ages, these have been used because they retain heat and are believed to have energizing properties. Practitioners of hot stone massage prefer these ancient stones to any others.
Another great thing about this type of massage is that it is easier on the hands of the massage therapist as the tools are used to apply pressure. The stones are laid out on both sides of the spine, delivering heat to the body. The masseuse also massages the client with heated oiled stones. You can request a customized massage based on pressure level on tissue and muscle. The harder the stones are pressed, the more pressure is applied. It can be hard, medium or light. This helps with blood flow. This type of massage to me sounded great, as when it comes to pressure, I’m such a wimp. I can’t take too much, but this customized massage suited me and my problem areas very well.
The art of massage became popular in the US in the 1800’s. It had a surge of popularity until the 1930’s and 40’s. Not only regular massage, but also hot stone massage. When modern medicine came to the forefront, the art of massage therapy became discounted as lesser than. Suddenly, it became popular again in the 1960’s and 1970’s when nurses began to use it to relieve pain in patients. It again gained credibility when, in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta it was used as core medical service. Are you convinced? Do you want what’s good enough for an Olympian?
Many (about 90,000) people in the United States claim massage therapy as their part-time or full-time job. Most are self-employed. A large percentage of these workers are of part-time and self-employed workers. Most states in the United States require some sort of a license to practice massage therapy. If a state does not have any massage laws, then nothing is required and a practitioner need not apply for any sort of license with the state. To train in the US where a license is required it involves 500-1000 hours in length, resulting in a certificate, diploma, or degree depending on the particular school. Go ahead and try hot stone massage. You’ll love it.
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