In praise of Hot Stones……

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Image courtesy of gratuit under Creative Commons Licence

Hot. Stones. Massage.  The very words conjure up an image of blissful relaxation: a hushed atmosphere, ambient music and delicately fragrant aromatherapy oils to induce a state of calm in both mind and body.  And oh, those hot stones. Teasing out the knots in muscles which have been bullied into doing things they really don’t want to do — or perhaps worse,  denying them the regular movement which they need for optimum performance. Spending too long sitting at a desk in front of a computer is just one example of how it can all go wrong.

If you think of Hot Stones Massage as the luxurious preserve of those with time on their hands to indulge themselves, it may be time to think again.

The benefits of this therapy are gaining widespread recognition for its health-giving benefits — and not just those which result from a more relaxed, less stressed body and mind.

As well as the obvious benefits that muscle relaxation brings to the body and its systems, Hot Stones Massage can increase blood circulation
which in turn opens the chakras (energy channels), encouraging improved physical and emotional health.  The heat from the stones relaxes muscles to allow deep tissue manipulation and other benefits can include pain relief, improved sleep and the release of toxins.

Melanie Oakley is a qualified nurse who combines her in-depth knowledge of the body’s anatomy with her training as a Hot Stones Massage Therapist – and I can certainly vouch for her skills.  I was recommended to Melanie by my chiropractor to supplement treatment on my neck; as a freelance writer I commit the cardinal sin of spending too long sitting at the computer, despite my best intentions to take regular breaks.

The difference in my knotted neck and back after one of Melanie’s treatments is immediately noticeable and I can’t recommend the experience highly enough.  I’m relaxed, re-energised and ready to face the next challenge.  Yes, it’s pampering, it’s me-time, (which can be in very short supply with today’s rushed and hectic lifestyles), but believe me it’s an amazing investment in your health.

Mel is offering readers of this blog a 10% discount on treatments at her home salon (she is also a fully qualified beauty therapist).

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