The use of stones in massage dates back thousands of years and across many civilisations. The application of heated stones helps to relieve tired aching muscles. Using smooth, flat basalt stones as they retain heat are heated in a water bath and used to massage the body using Swedish Massage techniques. Massage oil is rubbed onto the body first before applying the stones. The therapist uses their hands and the stones to carry out the massage.
The heat from the stones helps to penetrate the muscles on a deeper level without using the same amount of pressure as is used in deep tissue massage, but having the same effect.
What to expect from a hot stone massage:
During the treatment the therapist checks the temperature of the stones on the client regularly to ensure they are not too hot. Every body responds differently to heat, what may be too hot for one person may not be hot enough for another. Therefore the client must communicate with the therapist regularly if the temperature is not to their liking.
Hot stone massage does involve the therapist having to step away from the client regularly to replace the stones in the water bath to reheat them and to get out more stones. This interrupts the flow of the massage somewhat but is still a lovely treatment to have, particularly on a cold day.
Hot Stone Massage is most effective for:
The hot stones have a sedative effect that can relieve chronic pain, reduce stress and promote deep relaxation.
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