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Hot Stone

Relieve Tension with a Therapeutic Hot Stone Massage

Hot stone massages are often referred to in seemingly mythical terms, thought of as Swedish massage's fancier counterpart, only available to wealthy fitness divas. While this form of massage is certainly a staple at warm climate resorts and spas in San Diego, its accessibility is far greater than the skeptics might expect. Relying on the surprisingly therapeutic presence of sweat, this approach incorporates heated stones, using them to bring greater relaxation to points of tension. After a vigorous yoga class at iMatrix Yoga Division, a hot stone massage might be just what you need to recover your muscles and increase your serenity even more.

Hot Stone Massage Consultation and Preparation

The initial stages of a hot stone massage are nearly identical to those seen in the practice's more standard Swedish and deep tissue counterparts. Your massage therapist will consult with you to determine which areas of the body are most prone to pain and tension; from there, the two of you will discuss any questions or concerns related to your upcoming session. You will be asked to remove as much clothing as you wish, keeping in mind that the stones are most effective when used against bare skin. Your massage therapist will be happy to answer any questions youmight have about your massage.

The Massage Process: What to Expect

When you arrive for your massage, the stones should already be warm. The massage therapist will ask you to rest face down on the massage table, prepping your body with the gentle, slow strokes associated with Swedish massage. You might notice sweat developing during this process -- this is a good thing, as your tense muscles will be most receptive to the hot stone portion of the massage if your body is already warm. Let your mind start to drift, using the relaxation techniques you learned at iMatrix Yoga Division classes to engage breathing and clear your thoughts.

Next, your massage therapist will place hot stones on specific points along your spine, using the heated stones and the sweat they promote to diffuse areas of stubborn tension. You will simultaneously experience the easing of tension, warmth of the stones, and the continued pleasant sensations derived from the application of Swedish massage techniques. As the massage continues, you just might notice your mind letting go of the anxious thoughts that continue to plague you day in and day out. In this way, a hot stone massage can be both physically and mentally therapeutic for all types of people.

Your massage therapist may decide to end the session by returning to traditional Swedish massage. The therapeutic application of lighter strokes allows you to relax and appreciate the entire experience. You'll leave the hot stone massage session feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to return for yet another massage in the very near future.

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