Hot Stone Massage
How does Hot Stone differ from other massages?
Hot stone massage is a type of massage therapy that involves the use of smooth, flat, heated stones that are placed on specific points on your body. Massage therapists may also hold the stones during the massage to apply heat. The localized heat and weight of the stones are said to improve circulation and warm tense muscles, allowing the massage therapist to apply deeper pressure.
The hallmark of hot stone massage is the use of the heated stones. We use basalt river rocks because they have become smooth over time from the river's current and retain heat.
The therapist places the heated stones on specific points on the back. While the points may vary depending on areas of muscle tension and your health history, they are generally placed along both sides of the spine, in the palms of the hand and on the legs.
The Benefits of Hot Stone Massage
Some people find the warmth of the hot stones to be comforting and deeply relaxing. Hot stone massage is suited to people who tend to feel chilly. 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 using lighter pressure.
What To Expect During a Hot Stone Massage
A hot stone massage may begin with classic massage techniques to prepare the body's muscle tissue. The therapist will place a sheet or towel over you before placing the two rows of warm stones on your back. Stones may also be placed on your stomach, palms, feet, toes, chest, and face.
Warm stones may also be placed on your legs, abdomen, between your toes, in the palms of your hands, or on your forehead.
After the stones are placed on your body, it may take a few minutes for the heat to penetrate the sheet or towel so you can discern whether the stones are too hot. If the stones are too hot or uncomfortable, be sure to let the massage therapist know immediately.
After applying oil to the body, the therapist holds the stones in her palms and uses gliding movements to move the stones along the muscles with added pressure and heat. She will also use classic massage movements on the back, legs, neck, and shoulders while the stones are in place or after they have been removed.
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Who Shouldn't Receive
a Hot Stone Massage?
While hot stone massage is generally considered safe when performed by a trained and licensed massage therapist, it's not right for everyone.
Consult your doctor if you have a medical condition, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, varicose veins, migraines, autoimmune disease, decreased pain sensitivity, cancer, autoimmune disease, epilepsy, tumors, or metal implants, or are on medication that thins the blood.
Also check with your doctor if you have had recent surgery or have recent wounds or areas of weakened or inflamed skin.
Pregnant women and children should avoid hot stone massage.