Massage Banbury Oxfordshire
Hot Stone Shack
Hot Stone Shack offer a wide range of holistic massage services in Banbury town centre.
From Hot stone massage and Swedish massage, to Indian head Massage, with every session tailored to suit your personal requirements.
We also offer Reiki therapy and level 1 & 2 Reiki tuition.
What is hot stone therapy?
Hot stone therapy is a specialist massage that uses smooth, flat, heated basalt stones that are positioned along your spine, in the palms of your hands, along your legs and between the toes. Typically from river beds, basalt stones are used for massage as they have a rich iron content that retains heat. Cold marble stones are often used in the treatment to help aid with detoxing and healing the body.
Massage treatments help maintain physical health, relaxation and well-being.
Benefits include relieving muscle fatigue and tension, improved circulation, lymphatic drainage, skin nourishment and much more.
Hot Stone and Swedish Massage
Hot Stone Massage is a deeply relaxing back, neck and shoulder massage which helps warm up tight aching muscles. Our Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the oxygen levels in the blood and improving circulation whilst easing everyday tensions.
Soothing Reflexology Therapy
Our Reflexology massage will stimulate nerve function, increase your energy levels, boosts circulation and induce a deep state of relaxation. Unwind tension with our soothing reflexology massage treatment.
Reiki and Reiki Attunements
Life force flows within the physical body though pathways called chakras, meridians and nadis. Our Reiki sessions promote deep relaxation, making you feel at peace and reducing your stress.
Indian Head Massage
Relax your mind, body and soul with a Hot Stone Shack Indian Head Massage. Indian Head Massage can help increase mobility and flexibility in the neck and shoulders. It improves blood circulation and is extremely beneficial for lymphatic flow and aids elimination of toxins.
6 benefits of hot stone massage
1. Helps relieve muscle tension and pain
Heat has long been used to ease muscle tension and pain. It helps increase blood flow to the affected area. It may also reduce muscle spasms and increase flexibility and range of motion. Cold therapy helps relieve inflammation. Depending on your symptoms, alternating hot and cold stones during your massage may be helpful.
2. Reduces stress and anxiety
It’s the position of the American Massage Therapy Association that “massage therapy can be effective for stress relief.” Research supports their opinion. A 2001 study showed that a ten-minute massage improved cardiovascular responses such as stroke volume. A 1997 study found that 15-minute, onsite chair massages in the workplace significantly reduced stress compared to a 15-minute break without massage.
A 2015 study found that people who underwent abdominal colorectal surgery had less pain, tension, and anxiety after receiving post-operative massage.
3. Promotes sleep
A 2006 literature review found massage may be an alternative to sleeping pills in adults with insomnia. The research showed that back massage helped promote relaxation and sleep. A 2001 study showed that infants with sleep problems who were given a 15-minute massage by their parents went to sleep faster. They were also more alert, active, and positive upon awakening. Massage is thought to help you enjoy more restorative sleep, although it’s not completely understood why.
4. May help relieve symptoms of autoimmune diseases
Hot stone massage may relieve painful conditions such as fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes widespread, chronic pain. According to a 2002 study, people with fibromyalgia who received a 30-minute massage slept longer, had fewer trigger points, and had decreased levels of substance P (a substance involved in transmitting pain signals) than people with the condition who received relaxation therapy. More research is needed, however, before massage becomes a standard fibromyalgia treatment.
A 2013 study found that people with rheumatoid arthritis may benefit from a moderate-pressure massage, such as hot stone massage. Participants in the study experienced less pain, greater grip strength, and a greater range of motion after one month of massage therapy.
5. May help decrease cancer symptoms
A large, three-year study published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management examined how massage affected pain, fatigue, stress and anxiety, nausea, and depression in 1,290 people with cancer. The study showed massage, especially Swedish massage, improved cancer symptoms, even in those with substantial symptoms. Researchers believe the comforting use of human touch played a role.
6. May boost immunity
Massage may give your immune system a boost. According to a 2010 study, a single session of Swedish massage therapy had a positive and acute impact on immunity. Blood samples taken before and after the massage showed a decrease in arginine-vasopressin, a hormone that helps regulate blood pressure and water retention.
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