Many of the treatments available in Gleddoch’s Imperia Spa are highly sought-after, such as our vast array of massages, facials and waxing treatments. One of the more popular treatments on offer has to be the relaxing ishga hot stone massage – a full body massage incorporating the use of heated basalt stone, as well as a seaweed-based oil.
The use of hot stones certainly isn’t anything new when it comes to spa treatments, but what are the benefits? In order to keep you well-informed ahead of your spa day in Glasgow, we have taken the time to list just some of the benefits of using hot stones which we hope will encourage you to give it a try, if you haven’t already done so.
Relaxes the Muscles
The introduction of heat helps to relax the muscles in the body by dilating blood vessels which help to promote a healthy flow. Heat therapy is commonly used to treat sore and/or inflamed areas, but the good news is that you don’t have to be in pain to reap the benefits of a hot stone massage.
A hot stone massage will also do wonders for your muscles straight after a workout, as the improved circulation can help with the elimination of lactic acid which builds up after exercise. This can be particularly uncomfortable if you are working on an area of your body for the first time after a prolonged period of inactivity.
Improved Skin Appearance
One of the most popular benefits of a hot stone massage, available as part of our Glasgow spa weekend package, is improved skin appearance. This happens because as the hot stones warm the skin and muscles, they then become easier for the masseuse to manipulate than if the muscles were cool and tense.
As this is happening, better blood circulation in the body helps the skin to regenerate and results in a more youthful appearance.
The benefits do not begin and end on the massage table, as anyone who previously had trouble sleeping will attest to. As the muscles in the body relax and help the flow of blood circulate, reducing any pre-existing tension, this can help the person receiving the massage to drift off better at night.
This could be because pain has been reduced in an injured area of the body (similar to the effects of a hot bath) or simply that the person remains in a relaxed state prior to calling it a night. Either way, if you find yourself tossing and turning at night and unable to drift off, perhaps a hot stone massage is the solution you have been looking for?
Does your body regularly feel run down? If so, you may be equally surprised and delighted to learn that a hot stone massage as part of a Glasgow spa weekend could actually help to boost your immune system. Allow us to explain…
As stress levels are reduced through improved blood circulation, which then works to promote a better sleeping pattern, the body’s immune system can work at a higher rate. This means that if you regularly find yourself battling with the sniffles, or are just routinely under the weather, a hot stone massage could be the boost you are looking for. After all, if you look after your body then it will look after you.
What Does a Hot Stone Massage Entail?
An ishga hot stone massage doesn’t differ all that much from what you may consider being a normal massage, although the masseuses at Gleddoch’s Imperia Spa offer an experience like no other. This is a treatment that will last for approximately 55 minutes and begins with heated basalt stones placed onto the body to help relax the muscles and ease any tension.
As the muscles become relaxed and any tension is removed, the masseuse can work deeper into the muscles, working to alleviate any pain and/or stiffness in the area. At this point, you will feel completely relaxed and comfortable as a result of the massage and improved blood circulation in your body.
Seaweed-based oil, along with lavender and juniper, will also be used on the body to work to detoxify and regenerate the skin, resulting in a more youthful appearance. If you speak to your masseuse about any areas of your body that are causing discomfort, they will be more than happy to tailor the massage to your needs.
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If you have stayed with us at Gleddoch before you will understand why our spa weekends are the ultimate luxury getaway. If you haven’t yet had the privilege then why deny yourself any longer? All guests staying overnight are given access to our incredible facilities, set in amongst the astonishing Scottish countryside whilst also being just a short trip away from Glasgow city centre.