HOT STONE MASSAGE
Advanced Bodywork, Complementary Therapy
May help with
aches & pains
This treatment is a wonderful, pampering treat. Smooth, Basalt stones are heated in hot water, then gently placed on the back, in the palms and sometimes between the toes. The soft, gentle heat of the stones warm and relax the muscles, which allows the therapist to apply deeper pressure, if desired.
The warmth of the hot stones improves circulation and calms the nervous system.
Some massage therapists place stones on points that are thought to be energy centers of the body to rebalance the body and mind.
Once the muscles are relaxed and warm, the therapist will use smooth, warm stones to massage deep into areas of tension, releasing tight muscles.
Hot stone massage is suited to people who tend to feel chilly or who have cold feet. It's also suited for people who have muscle tension but prefer a lighter massage. The heat relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist to work the muscles without using deep pressure.
What to expect:
A typical treatment is 60 or 90 minutes long.
It will begin with a brief consultation and review of symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle.
You will be asked to undress (most people keep their underwear on) while the massage therapist is out of the room, and lie down under a sheet on a padded massage table.
The massage therapist often begins by applying oil to the body, which allows the hot stones to glide smoothly along the muscles. You are lying face down and the massage therapist then uses the hot stones to massage the back.
The stones are always flat and smooth.
The massage therapist always holds the stones first before touching them to your body, which ensures that the temperature will not be too hot. Everyone, however, has their own comfort range. Be sure to speak up if the stones are too hot for you.
Cool marble stones are occasionally used during a treatment, particularly if there is inflammation.
After the hot stones have relaxed the muscles, the therapist will use the stones and their hands to massage.
aches & pains