Summer is a great time to do too much – too much dancing, too much gardening, too much beach volleyball – you name it, and you’ve probably overdone it already this summer. Fortunately there’s an easy fix for all of this overachieving. Hot stone massage is a fantastic way to get right to the heart of the matter, and heal your mind as well as your aching muscles.
You’ve probably read about this treatment already; it’s a very fashionable thing at the moment, but it’s also a therapy dating back hundreds of years. Smooth, flat stones are gently heated to between 130 and 145 degrees, and placed at strategic locations on your body. The stones are usually made of basalt, which retains heat very well. The added heat will penetrate deeper into your muscles much more easily than traditional massage strokes could do on their own. The combination of the two therapies will relax tense muscles and encourage your body’s natural circulation to help you recover more quickly.
Hot stone massage also has benefits beyond the immediate relief of those stiff, sore muscles that come from too much summer fun. You’ll notice an immediate overall reduction of stress that will last as long as you let it, and you’ll most likely experience a better night’s sleep afterwards, too. Some studies have also found pain relief benefits for those suffering from autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. There have even been studies that show a decrease in cancer symptoms as well as an immune system boost when patients engaged in a routine of massage therapies.
So grab summer in both hands and make the most of it. The team of massage therapists here at Five Senses Spa & Salon can help keep the fun going when your body and mind just aren’t feeling it. Give us a call at (309) 693-7719 to book an appointment today. You can also visit us at 7719 N. Grand Prairie Drive in Peoria. Or better yet, book the perfect appointment for your schedule with our mobile app. It’s available for free from iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon.