Ever wonder why hot stones would be beneficial in a massage session? In addition to feeling amazing, there are a few other great benefits to adding in this little luxury.
Need deep work to get rid of trigger points (knots), or to lengthen some shortened muscles (this can happen when you assume one position for extended periods of time such as sitting at a desk all day)? Hot stones help to heat the muscle tissue allowing for deeper work, faster. This can allow your therapist to get to the deeper work quicker and spend more time on the type of work you really need.
Do you have cold hands and feet? Hot stones are great at increasing circulation in the body. The heat quickly brings the blood flow to the surface and is a real treat when you have an area of the body that is chronically cold. This is also great for an older injury because bringing circulation to an area also brings nutrients your body uses to heal the tissue.
Dealing with a lot of stress and need to just tune out? The heat from the stones has a very relaxing, almost sedative effect. Ask for a hot pack for your feet when you come in and get a double hit of heat. There is nothing quite like having toasty warm feet to increase your speed of relaxation.
So, the next time you visit us for a massage, be sure to ask for hot stones. We will include them free in any massage. See you soon!
Willow Bow Massage Therapy
You have tried for months (or years!) to get to this point. You are finally pregnant and are looking forward to the arrival of your new little one. Pregnancy is an exciting time for many. We plan and arrange and get ready in any way we can for this amazing little bundle. Often the process can be stressful, or uncomfortable, or down right painful! Prenatal massage is a great way to help the process go just a little smoother for mom (and baby!).
Your body is changing at a rapid pace as you grow a whole new person. Your blood supply increases drastically and can lead to swelling, nose bleeds, and headaches. Your ligaments loosen contributing to hip, ankle, knee, and even pelvic pain. Your center of gravity changes contributing to back and hip pain. And let’s not even go there with the weight gain! Yikes! If you are like me, you are looking for alternatives to medication when dealing with all the fun side effects of being pregnant. Massage can be a great option during pregnancy and has so many benefits.
During our prenatal massages, once you are uncomfortable lying on your stomach or back (typically between 12-20 weeks), we will have you laying on your side throughout the massage. We use pillows, lots and lots of pillows to make sure you are comfortable and safe throughout your session. In this position, we have great access to your back, hips, and feet (all common problem areas when you are pregnant). We can still reach all areas of your body that you may want worked on, and will typically work the full body in an hour unless you have special requests otherwise.
Pregnancy can be a stressful time, but is also so amazing and full of joy and excitement. Take a few minutes for yourself and schedule a massage. The baby also gets the stress reducing benefits of the massage, and who doesn’t want a calmer, more peaceful infant!
Willow Bow Massage Therapy