Hot stone massage, as the name suggests, is a type of massage which involves the usage of heated few unique stones to soothe and relax the body. This special massage is being done with different techniques by a therapist by using these stones to achieve the desired results. There are various types of stone that are used for the massage. However, most of the experts use volcanic stones as these stones have the capacity to retain heat for a longer period of time.
How does the hot stone massage therapy work?
When the hot stones are applied blood vessels in the body rise to the surface to dilate.Such an action brings about a pumping action within the circulatory system that drives more blood to the heart and lungs. This action works like a vascular gymnastics for our human body. The entire process makes the body achieve the same amount of rejuvenation and relaxation as jumping in the plunge pool.
Benefits of hot stone massage
Increases blood flow.
Relieves shoulder, back and neck pain.
Reduces menstrual pain.
Lowers high blood pressure.
Promotes relaxing sleep.
Improves elasticity and skin tone.
Helps to relieve stress and anxiety.
Promotes enhanced wellbeing and vitality.
Improves digestion and balances waste removal.
In my opinion, holidays do not get more relaxing and indulgent than wine-inspired breaks to Europe’s prettiest countries. You can spend your days lounging around charming country hotels that are surrounded by picturesque sun-drenched vineyards, olive groves and citrus orchards whilst sampling the local produce and dining on fine local cuisine.
There are many great places to do this throughout Europe, but I always like to recommend Prestige’s holidays in Croatia to wine lovers. Not only is this a historic wine country, but it is also stunningly beautiful with verdant woodland, sandy beaches, a dramatic coastline and much more to be discovered.
Greek settlers first brought wine to Croatia in the fifth century BC and there are now over 300 winemaking regions in the country (these are generally split into ‘interior’ or ‘coastal’). Whilst all tastes are well catered for, you will find that white wine is the dominant type as this makes up 67% of their output. Be sure to try Plavac Mali, Malvazija and Posip during your stay as these are favourites with tourists and locals alike.
Meneghetti Wine Hotel
Indulge in fine wine and food at this alluring hotel, which is set within an epic 120,000-square metre country estate with vineyards and rolling hills dominating the landscape. Award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot is produced at the onsite winery, but there is an enormous and comprehensive wine list to sample from – you are sure to find a new favourite here.
One of my favourite recommendations is the gorgeous island of Bermuda in the North Atlantic Ocean. In addition to the many incredible Nature Reserves and gardens containing all kinds of fascinating flowers, plants and indigenous species, Bermuda also has stunning pink-sand beaches, a beautiful climate and a handful of charming towns to explore. Its isolated location in the ocean also gives it a peaceful and welcoming atmosphere that adds to the charm of the island.
These are the must-see attractions for nature lovers on our holidays in Bermuda.
Bermuda Botanical Gardens
This amazing landscaped park in Paget Parish covers 35 acres bursting at the seams with vibrant flowers and plant life. Free 90-minute tours are available 3 days per week, which these are highly recommended for those with an interest in plant life, but simply strolling through the park at your own pace is also a superb experience. This will see you pass subtropical fruit trees, Plumeria, Banyan trees, cacti, orchids and a wonderful aromatic garden that is a dizzying experience.
Paget Marsh is a unique experience where you can step back in time to view pre-colonial flora and fauna that has been preserved within the 25-acre nature reserve. Grassy areas, forests, mangroves and water areas can all be found here. There is a 400-ft boardwalk that has been constructed to allow guests to walk through the marsh and get up close to the intriguing vegetation, as well as an abundance of majestic wildlife to keep an eye out for.