The earliest known use of hot stone therapy to improve health and achieve relaxation took place in India. The practise began in India roughly 5000 years ago, then called Ayurveda. This involved the placement of stones on the body to relax tense muscles and relieve related pain. Around 2000 years later the Chinese people started using shaped stones called Bian to treat diseases and muscle aches in the same manner. During a hot stone massage, smooth, flat, heated stones are placed on specific parts of your body. The stones are usually made of basalt, a type of volcanic rock that retains heat extremely well. The stones are heated and then placed along the spine, on top of your stomach, on your chest, or your face, palms and feet.
The arrival of stone massage therapy in the modern West began in 1993 when heated stone techniques became popular. Since then it has become widespread around the globe once more. The full-body, hot-stone massage is frequently combined with other modern massage techniques such as the Swedish massage and the deep tissue massage. But enough history, for now, let’s discuss the many benefits Hot stone massages have in store for our bodies. We will not only be discussing it benefits we will also put together a healthy spa massage guide so that you can pick one that’s better suited to you.
Natural Living Spa is a unique bushveld-style urban retreat that features 8 state of the art treatment rooms – including a deluxe couple’s suite. Whilst waiting for your booked appointment, you can enjoy drinks and a light cuisine at our outdoor pool area. You’ll be tempted to linger for hours at Polokwane’s most visited Spa lounge. In addition to deep relaxation, there are many benefits to having a hot stone massage. They include:
Hot stone massage has specifically been associated with symptom relief in people with a variety of conditions, such as fibromyalgia and other autoimmune disorders. Several studies, including on fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis, have linked moderate massage techniques with lessening pain and improving range of motion.
Massage proves to be an effective method for stress relief. Several studies have shown that massage reduces stress and anxiety and improves cardiovascular health.
Increased joint flexibility
Muscle tension can make it difficult and more painful to move the joints. Massage helps to relax muscles, which makes it easier and more comfortable for someone to move. People with certain joint disorders may benefit particularly from hot stone massage.
Decreased muscle spasms and tension
Muscles that are tense and in spasm can cause a lot of pain and interfere with daily life. Reducing the inflammation and tension in the skeletal muscles eases both muscle spasms and pain. As previously said, massage and the use of hot stones can promote relaxation of the muscles and joints in the body to ease both pain and spasms.
It’s a known fact that many of us do not sleep well. Factors such as stress, insomnia, and busy schedules mean they get much less than the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Hot stone massage therapy promotes better sleeping cycles due to the relaxed state that the body is in.
Lucky for you Natural Living Spa understands that you are super busy managing work and family that’s why we offer the holy trinity of 30minute massages. Our Back, Neck & Shoulder Hot Stone Massage is ideal for those who are deskbound, or under a lot of pressure at work. This treatment was created to target the areas where stress builds up first so by applying firm pressure on specific points in these areas we are able to help the body relieve tension in the upper body, as well as stimulate drainage of the lymphatic system. Pair this with one of our famous 15-minute Indian Head massages and you can get two treatments done before the end of lunch! The benefit of this massage is that your body is relieved of muscle spasms, pain or tension and ultimately it improves muscle relaxation. For those of you lucky enough to stay a little longer, we offer a 45-minute and full-body session too.
Releases toxins & improves skin appearance
Significantly reduce stress & anxiety
Helps to promote better sleep
Helps to create a sense of comfort and warmth
If you’ve got some time on your hands and a lot of stress in your shoulders our Full Body Swedish massage is perfect for you. To this day Swedish massages are by far the most common and popular type of massage therapy because of the numerous benefits it has for our bodies. Some of those benefits are:
Relieves tiredness, muscle tension and pain
Improves your range of motion
Boosts blood circulation
Flushes all of the unwanted toxins from the body
Paired with our famous 30-minute Foot & Lower Leg Massage makes for a great day at the Spa. You’ll certainly leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Our foot massages are extremely relaxing and will leave you lingering for more. One of the benefits of this massage is that it relieves foot pain and improves blood circulation in the lower body.
With the change of weather, going into sinus season our 30-minute facial massage not only helps you fight the ageing battle, but it also takes care of circulation improving sinus congestion and aids in stress relief. However, you can do it yourself, but if you want the best results, book now and let our professional team take care of you for once!
Deep tissue massage
This massage is ideal for those who suffer from chronic pain, back pain and stress. The deep tissue full body massage helps reach deeper muscle layers by using firm pressure and slow strokes. This therapy will have you craving for more, whilst leaving you super relaxed and pain-free.
Natural Living Spa Signature packages
If you’re looking for the ultimate spa experience, look no further because our 120-minute Spa massage package has it all. The tailored package has been carefully selected to provide a variety of benefits. Helping to reduce muscle pain, improve circulation and reduce stress amongst many other benefits. This is a must-have experience for when 2020 becomes too much to bear.
Next up we have our 180-minute Spa signature package. Once you have experienced our Signature Package, you will have reached the ultimate point of relaxation. Each treatment is tailored to perfection within an idyllic destination, offering you a chance to experience peace and wellbeing. So grab a friend and prepare to get spoilt. Natural Living Spa also offers light cuisine and drinks which can be enjoyed around our beautiful outdoor pool area.
Last but not least we’ve got the Matsimela Nourishing Body Treatment. The 120-minute treatment will deeply nourish the body and soul. Start by experiencing a revitalizing and purifying scrub with salt and oil followed by applying a combination of oils and moisturizing butter to the body. When the treatment is completed you’ll be left with skin softer than Queen Cleopatra.
At Natural Living Spa we only provide the best treatments available, so that you can come and rejuvenate, relax and escape the busy everyday city life. You will be met by a warm team of highly skilled professionals that will make your trip worthwhile. Our Spa is set in the heart of Limpopo, surrounded by the beauty that the bushveld has to offer. Get in touch with one of our team members to book your first or next visit this 2020 or look at the rest of our selection of treatments here.