Adding Hot Stones Can Result in a Longer Lasting Massage!

Few things feel more luxurious than getting massaged with hot stones! Hot stones, which are actually warmed to somewhere between 110 to 130 degrees F are used as healing tools during a hot stone massage. The benefits of adding hot stones can really amp up the therapeutic value of a massage. They provide intense relaxation while allowing the therapist to provide a deep and targeted massage. Additionally, the positive effects of a hot stone massage take place during the massage and can last hours and days beyond the massage.

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Smooth basalt stones are used during a hot stone massage.

Basalt, which is cooled volcanic lava, is the best rock for hot stone massage. These volcanic stones are highly regarded due to their smooth texture and unparalleled iron content. They hold their heat the longest and slowly release their therapeutic energy. Basalt stones originate in the mountains and are river rocks, which makes them smooth and feel amazing. The benefits of hot basalt stones are expanded by their energetic properties which are both calming and energizing.

History of hot stone massage.

Hot stones photographed with bamboo, orchids or candles have become a common image of spa tranquility in recent years. Don't let this commercial look fool you though, hot stone therapy dates back to early civilization. In China they were used to improve internal function of organs and blood flow while the ancient Romans used them in bath houses and saunas. The use of hot stones for both bodywork and ceremonial reasons can be traced to North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Egypt and India.

The techniques that are used in most hot stone massage practices are similar to those from Chinese acupuncture hot stones benefitstechniques, Hawaiian healing practices, and Native American ritual uses.

In 1993 massage therapist Mary Nelson, who was suffering from chronic shoulder and wrist pain rediscovered this ancient practice. As the story goes, she was in a sauna prior to receiving a massage and through connection to her Native spirit guides she was "called" to use the stones in her massage. She chose some of the smoother stones from the sauna and brought them to be used in the massage. It felt great for her AND her therapist! From there she developed LaStone Therapy which ignited the modern use of hot stones across the US and world.

Increase the benefit of your massage with hot stones.

hot stones benefitsHere at Zama we use the heated basalt stones as extensions of the therapists hands. We love bringing these therapeutic stones into our treatments because they increase the benefits of the massage. The heat from the stones opens the door for therapists to work even deeper on trigger points in really tight muscles.

The heat from the stones penetrate deep into the muscles and fascia. The therapist is then able to access deep layers of muscles and fascia, which in turn increases circulation and release and renewal in hard to reach areas. The heat from the smooth stones warms, calms and invigorates the client.

The unique properties of basalt stones are infused thermal energy and grounding power into the body. A hot stone massage will relax you at the deepest level while charging up your energy body. Energetic pathways, ie: meridians and/or chakras, are stimulated with the hot stones which connects the mind to the body. This gives you a deep sense of renewal, grounding and connection.

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Does it hurt to stand or sit?  Experiencing painful tingling, numbness, or radiating sharp pain down your backside? Does this nagging pain seem unstoppable?  Sciatica may be what is ailing you.

pain, back pain, sciaticaWhat is sciatica or sciatic nerve pain?

Sciatica is common.  40% of us have experienced it at some point. Many are unaware that this common “back pain” is caused when the sciatic nerve, the largest nerve in the human body, is irritated or pinched.

Sciatica is often caused by a compression or bulge in the lumber spine. Spinal injuries and degeneration, issues with the sacroiliac joint, and tightness of the piriformis muscle are other causes of sciatica.

The sciatic nerve branches from your lower back to your hips, buttock and down both legs. It is most common for someone to only experience pain radiating down one side of the body and not both at the same time. The pain you may experience will most often feel like a pain in your low back to buttock area which will radiate down the hip into your legs and may feel like a sharp stabbing, burning or a throbbing that can also create numbness or tingling in the legs and feet. Many people may feel weak or have difficulty moving their leg. This pain can be a constant or shooting pain that may come and go throughout the day.

Who is at risk for sciatica?

Those who have postural issues, diabetes, sit for prolonged periods, and lift large loads are most likely suffer from this painful condition. Women often experience this condition during pregnancy due to pressure being created on the sciatic nerve from the developing uterus. 

How can we prevent ourselves from experiencing sciatica?

Forming these daily habits can help you and keep you in the best possible physical condition to avoid sciatica:

  1. Regular exercise. Keep your back strong and pay attention especially to your core strength. The muscles in your abdomen and lower back are incredibly important for proper posture and alignment of your spine. Do your crunches!!
  2. Use proper posture. The average adult sits for a majority of the day whether it be driving or working. Sitting in a hunched over position or with your legs crossed is a great way to make yourself susceptible to the excruciating experience of sciatica. A great way to improve your posture; take a small rolled up towel and place it between your lower back and the back of your chair to maintain your normal back curve. This can help in working toward a healthier core strength and posture.
  3. Good body mechanics. If you are in a place where you may be standing for an extended period, find an item that will allow you to keep one foot elevated, maybe a stool or box. When you are moving or lifting things, lift with your legs and refrain from using back strength to get the job done. Move your spine straight up and down, keep your spine straight (not hunched over) while lifting an item from a low point and keep the load close to your body.
  4. Take breaks. We sit much more than we should. Try and implement small breaks into your day of sitting to get out and enjoy the sunshine for 3-5 minutes several times a day. Adding stretching into this break will help you in your journey of being sciatica free.
  5. Whole foods and anti-inflammatory diet. Focusing on a high quality diet that limits white sugar, white flour, and fried foods will help prevent and ease sciatica. Foods that decrease inflammation like turmeric, berries, omega-3s, leafy greens, nuts, seeds, and fruits and vegetables are perfect for preventing and reducing pain.

How can we relieve sciatic pain?

The upside of sciatic nerve pain is that 80%-90% of people heal with time and rest without prescriptions or surgery. Although this condition can heal on its own, there are many natural ways that we can treat sciatica ourselves.

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  1. Hot and cold therapy. Heat on the painful area will loosen and relax tense muscle. Add cold therapy to reduce swelling. Switching between the two can be beneficial in reducing the pain caused by sciatica.
  2. Keep yourself active! Moving around as much as possible will keep your body from stiffening and worsening the condition. Motion reduces inflammation.
  3. Stretch! Stretching your legs, back, hips and pectoral muscles can reduce pain almost immediately. Foam rolling is an excellent way to stretch your muscles and roll out muscular stiffness.
  4. Get a massage. Massage therapy has been proven to have a number of benefits for back pain, including increased blood circulation, muscle relaxation, and release of endorphins (the body’s natural pain relievers). Add cupping to your massage for nerve pain. Massage cupping is the most natural approach to sciatica relief. Adding cupping to your massage promotes enhanced blood circulation and muscle relaxation while decreasing inflammation and promoting detoxification in the affected areas. 

Book a massage appointment today. Booking a massage appointment at Zama Massage Therapeutic Spa gives you one on one time with a licensed and trained massage therapist who will answer your sciatica and back pain questions as well as give you tips on how you can further treat yourself at home. CLICK HERE to see our massage menu.

The most common response we hear when our clients are checking out is: "How often should I schedule my massage sessions?" Of course, there is no set answer, but studies indicate that massage at regular intervals is most beneficial to your overall health. A weekly massage may seem an indulgence, but new research suggests it can have major health benefits.

General Health

Massage improves blood circulation and lymph fluid movement. It decreases blood pressure and strengthens the immune system. People who receive regular massages have greater joint flexibility and range of motion. Massage enhances athletic performance, promotes deeper and easier breathing, enhances the health and nourishment of the skin, and improves posture.

MassageWhile the physical benefits of therapeutic massage are great, perhaps the most notable effects of therapeutic massage are its emotional benefits. Many of the ailments found among persons in today's society are stress-related. Massage has been found to be extremely effective in stress and anxiety reduction, and it has also been proven to reduce the symptoms and feelings of depression.

Stress Reduction

According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), therapeutic massage has been found to foster peace of mind, promote a relaxed state of mental alertness, help relieve mental stress, improve ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately, reduce levels of anxiety, and increase awareness of mind-body connection.

Focus and Attention

Research studies have found that workers who receive regular massages perform better at their job tasks than those who did not receive regular massages. Additionally, office workers who were regularly massaged were more alert and less stressed than those who weren't regularly massaged.

Pain Relief

Athletes frequently receive massage to alleviate muscle pain. Massage has been proven to reduce pain and swelling caused by strained muscles and ligaments. Additionally, it helps to relieve tension-related headaches and headaches related to eye strain.

Healing

Therapeutic massage can stimulate weak and inactive muscles resulting in a faster, more complete recovery from illness or injury in which inactivity causes muscle deterioration.

 

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HotShotz Instant Heat Packs

Heat up this Holiday Season with HotShotz, our December Featured Product! A heat pack like no other, HotShotz is our most popular product during the wintery months. These amazing heat packs make the best stocking stuffers! At the press of a button, these portable, re-usable little wonders heat up to 130 degrees, increasing blood flow and delivering penetrating heat, oxygen, and nudecember featured producttrients straight to your injured area. No more cords, microwaves, or pots of boiling water for you! HotShotz will continue to deliver heat for 30 minutes up to 4 hours, depending on the level of insulation you provide. Use HotShotz before, during, or after your workout to address or prevent injuries, and to keep your body in optimal shape through the wintery months - and all year long. Shop our selection of HotShotz products here. Hurry! Our December Featured Product sells quickly!

Zama Massage Spa October Specials

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October is officially upon us, and Fall is in the air - which means that the air here at Zama is rich with the scent of pumpkin and spice and everything nice. Starting in October, all massages at Zama will include hot towel treatments. Hot towels will be used on each client, one over the back, two wrapped around the feet, and one under the neck. October is also free enhancement month; clients will receive complimentary warm cocoa butter on their hands and feet the entire month! Our October specials will get you in the Autumn spirit. No tricks - just treats!

Pumpkin Renewal Package

Massage - Deep Tissue Massage is the most popular service at Zama. It involves focusing prolonged pressure on the inner laFALL_MASSAGE_2yers of the muscle fibers and connective tissue, then massaging against the grain of the muscle tissue to break up the adhesions or "knots" that cause discomfort. Spend 60 minutes in total bliss while luxuriant, warm cocoa butter is massaged into your deserving hands and feet. The velvety texture of cocoa butter will deeply hydrate and nourish your skin, and give your massage that extra ahhhhh.

FALL_MASSAGE_3Facial - Celebrate the change in seasons with our 30 minute Yam and Pumpkin Enzyme Peel featuring Eminence products. This nourishing treatment will reveal clearer, smoother and more luminous skin quickly and naturally, while reducing hyper-pigmentation, inflammation, and fine lines and wrinkles. The gentle exfoliation of our Yam and Pumpkin Enzyme Peel will leave you glowing. Pumpkin is excellent for use on all skin types, but especially if your skin is damaged from environmental conditions such as overexposure to the sun. Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A, which soothes and softens your skin, and vitamin C, an antioxidant that can help to remedy damage produced by free radicals, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Pumpkin facial masks, moisturizers and peels nourish your skin and promote the absorption of these nutrients.

FALL_MASSAGE_4Pedicure - Halloween is almost here - so treat your feet to a Pumpkin Vanilla Spice Pedicure. Soak your feet in warm water as you inhale the delicious aroma of our pumpkin and vanilla spice softening bath salts. Vanilla spice scrub will hydrate your skin while exfoliating your feet and lower legs, increasing micro-circulation and leaving your skin smooth, radiant, and nourished. Your legs and feet are then massaged with a luxurious pumpkin massage cream that further softens skin and locks in moisture. Finish with a gentle buff to shine or choose from one of our five complimentary Deborah Lippmann nail polishes.

PUMPKINS

**OCTOBER SPECIAL**

Pumpkin Renewal Package

• 60 min Warm Cocoa Butter Massage

• 30 min Yam & Pumpkin Enzyme Peel

• Pumpkin Vanilla Spice Pedicure

Includes spicy tea and vanilla salted caramel truffle

$179.00

Remember that our new Halotherapy Rooms will be opening on October 15th - we couldn't be more excited to bring this innovative therapy to Portland! Halotherapy combats ailments of the skin, respiratory system, and nervous system, and is also a great way to cleanse and energize your body. Relax in our salt caves - or even better, receive a soothing massage as you breathe in the restorative vapors.

Look for Genevra on KATU's AM Northwest on October 16th at 9am and please keep an eye out for our new T.V. commercial and tell us what you think!

**FREE ENHANCEMENT MONTH!**

Warm Cocoa Butter for your hands and feet included with all massage services!

Zama Massage Therapeutic Spa

2149 NE Broadway Street
PortlandOregon 97232
Off street parking in back (compact cars only).

Phone: 503.281.0278

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