Tuesday, May 17, 2016

New Beauty Trends for Spa Enthusiasts

Imogene L. Cathey serves as general counsel at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Her job requires her to oversee legal areas that are relevant to a private, not-for-profit institution of higher education. Outside of work, Imogene Cathey enjoys indulging in relaxing treatments at various spas throughout the country. Most recently, she has visited The Spa at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina and The Ritz-Carlton Spa in New Orleans, Louisiana. Between her spa destination trips, Imogene Cathey enjoys a membership at Massage Envy where she can have a monthly massage. One of the spa treatments that Imogene Cathey enjoys most frequently is the hot stone massage.

Hot stone massage therapy is a form of body work that involves the application of heated stones (thermotherapy) to the body within the context of a therapeutic massage. Round, smooth stones are heated to luxurious warmth, oiled and used in the palm of the hands to massage the body. Heat penetrates deeply, prompting profound relaxation, increased detoxification, and relief of long-standing muscular tension, stress and fatigue.

The use of applied heat to alter the temperature of the body for healing is a technique of long-standing benefit. The roots of this healing therapy can be sourced back to many ancient cultures including the Native Americans. Though the history of using heated stones as an adjunct to body work reaches back centuries, this type of therapy has recently become popular again.

Hot stone massage therapy melts away tension, eases muscle stiffness and increases circulation and metabolism. Each hot stone massage therapy session promotes deeper muscle relaxation through the placement of smooth, water-heated stones at key points on the body.