Longview Hot Stone Massage vs. Regular Massage

There’s nothing like a really good massage. Especially a Longview hot stone massage or a traditional massage. In addition to relaxing your body, relieving stress, and creating an overall sense of peace and rejuvenation in your mind, body and soul, massage has countless benefits for your physiological well-being. Among the many types of massage available, hot stone massage and traditional Swedish massage seem to be the most popular among massage therapy clients. But what is the difference between these two massage styles, and how do you decide which one is right for you?

The fundamentals and benefits of each type of massage are detailed below. Read on to find your best relaxation style for you!

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Traditional (Swedish) Massage

This is what most people picture when they hear the word “massage’: muscle kneading and rolling, applying deep pressure to specific spots with the thumbs or knuckles, and long, sweeping strokes designed to promote maximum relaxation.

A traditional massage works well as an intro to massage for first-timers or those who only receive professional massages as a special-occasion gift or treat, and is great for clients who wish to experience full-body relaxation and stress relief. This style also lends itself well to a couples’ massage.

Hot Stone Massage

In this style of massage, the body is weighted down at specific pressure points by hot, smooth stones. Your massage therapist also uses hot stones to massage your body. The heat and smoothness of the stones rolling over your body is still relaxing, but more invigorating than a traditional Swedish massage. Also, the heat of the stones can help release tension in your back and shoulders, allowing those muscles to be worked on more effectively.

A hot stone massage is best for clients with very tense muscles in need of extreme relaxation. Clients who wish to “center” themselves may also enjoy the very in-the-moment experience of a hot stone massage, as it incorporates a bit more sensory input with the body’s reaction to the hot stones. Clients have described the sensation of hot stone massage as being comparable to a heating pad.

Schedule Your Longview Hot Stone Massage Today!

No matter what style of massage you choose, you are sure to have a relaxing and rewarding experience. Treating your body to a massage regularly can set you on the path to mental and physical wellness. Contact Family Chiropractic Care at to schedule your hot stone massage therapy session today.

Our 5 staff therapists are here to relieve stress, reduce pain, and provide you with a relaxing mind and body experience.