Want To Relax? : Hot Stone Massage Therapy

Published: 17th February 2011
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If you have an interest in Hot Stone Massage Therapy it is important that you are aware of both the physical and emotional effects it can have on a person’s body. This article summarises these effects.

The effects of massage are both physical and emotional. As the Anatomy and Physiology of the human body is so closely interlinked, as one area of the body is massaged, it will always have a knock on effect to other parts of the body. Also, the physical effects of massage will impact upon the emotional body as well.

The Physical effects – Short Term

• The improvement of skin tone and colour and the removal of dead skin cells (desquamation).

• The improvement of circulation leading to a better delivery of nutrients and oxygen to the cells in the body.

• The speeding up the digestive and waste removal process.

• Encourages better sleep.

• The promotion of relaxation.

• The encouragement of deeper and more efficient breathing.

• The encouragement of better lymph drainage and the reduction of water retention and swelling.

• The reduction and relieving of muscle fatigue, stiffness and general soreness.

• The treatment of stiff and overworked joints.

• The stimulation/or sedation of the nervous system.

The Physical Effects – Long Term

• The improvement of skin elasticity

• The lowering of high blood pressure

• The improvement of the body’s circulation

• The boosting of the body’s immune system

• Balancing of the digestive and waste symptoms

• The relieving of insomnia

• The improvement of muscle suppleness and strength

• More effective respiration

• The improvements of neural communication and the relaxation of the nervous system.

Emotional – Short Term

• The relaxation of the body thus reducing stress and tension overall.

• The relaxation of the mind, reducing anxiety and it’s associated effects.

• Increasing overall energy

• Lifting the emotions and the increasing of positive feelings.

• Comforting the soothing the client.

Emotional – Long Term

• To relax the body.

• The improvement of body image.

• The improvement of self-belief.

• Increasing energy levels.

• Improving the client’s sense of self-worth

• The improvement of self-esteem

• The sustained ability and mind

Massage is an instinctive process in as much as when a person hurts themselves they will rub or touch the affected area in order to alleviate the feelings of discomfort. It is also very comforting as it is completely natural and non-invasive and therefore non-threatening and soothing.

Whilst the massage process is natural and non-invasive and considered a safe form of treatment for most individuals, it is very important to be aware that there are three types of reasons when you should not treat a client and these are called contra-indications.

3 Types of Contra-Indications:

1. Total: when massage should not be performed under any circumstances.

2. Localised: when massage can be performed over the body but avoiding contra-indicated areas.

3. Medical: when massage should only be performed once medical permission by a GP, Consultant or other medical practitioner has been sought and written permission is given.



• 1st trimester of pregnancy – can affect raise blood pressure, hormone imbalances and in some cases cause miscarriage.

• Cancer (if not terminal) – the client needs to be signed off 5 – 10 years after last cancerous cell removed from the body. If terminal, requires approval from medical specialist.

• Contagious infectious diseases – colds, coughs, flu, TB – as can be spread to the therapist and other clients.

• Fever – as treatment raises the body temperature and will therefore increase fever in the client’s body.

• Under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol – the treatment can speed up the circulation of the substance through the blood stream increasing the physical and mental effects upon the individual.

If in doubt of any condition, please discuss with the client.


• Heart and cardio vascular conditions – thrombosis (blood clot), phlebitis (inflammation of a vein), hypertension (high blood pressure), hypo tension (low blood pressure), general heart conditions requiring medical supervision and/or treatment, angina or recent history of heart problems.

• Pregnancy – after the 1st trimester.

• Any condition being treated by a GP or other medical practitioner.

• Medical oedema, swelling, fluid retention.

• Osteoporosis – brittle bones due to lack of calcium.

• Any form of arthritis.

• Nervous and psychotic conditions.

• Epilepsy.

• Recent operations until discharged by a specialist.

• Diabetes.

• Bells Palsy (stroke to side of face) or any form of stroke.

• Trapped or pinched nerve e.g.: frozen shoulder.

• Inflamed nerve.

• Neuropathy – deadening of the nerve.

• Acute rheumatism.

• Asthma.

• Undiagnosed lumps and bumps and unexplained areas of pain.

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Kerrana McAvoy

Academic Director – Start Learning

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