Hot stone massages are becoming an increasingly popular treatment in Western countries, particularly Australia. Yes, they can help with alleviating pain and soreness associated with excessive exercise or general pains and sprains. But, more interestingly, hot stone therapy has been shown to offer a number of additional benefits to your mind. When combined with aromatherapy, you can access a whole diverse range of health benefits, including:
Relieved muscle tension:
The primary aim of hot stone therapy is to relieve pain in your back. During the process, heated stones, usually basalt, are placed on strategic parts of your back. Over time, these help to improve blood flow across your back and can offer:
- Improved range of motion
- Reduced inflammation
- An easing in back pain and tension
- Greater flexibility
If you struggle to sleep, then any form of massage can be beneficial in helping you to relax. At the same time, the essential oils used in aromatherapy can greatly assist in encouraging you to sleep. There have even been cases where aromatherapy has been shown to relieve long-term insomnia.
Reduce anxiety and stress:
Similarly, hot stone massage and aromatherapy are wonderful ways to reduce mental stress and anxiety, especially if you receive your massage in the evening. To maximise the stress-relieving benefits of aromatherapy, you should opt for the following essential oils in your treatment:
- Ylang Ylang
Strengthening your immune system:
Studies have taken place in both aromatherapy and hot stone massage to show that they can be helpful in strengthening your immune system. In aromatherapy, the following oils have been shown as particularly beneficial: cypress oil, sweet almond, lavender oil, sweet marjoram oils and tea tree oil.