Hot Stone Massage
Relax as the warmth and pressure from a smooth basalt stone reduces stress and melts away tension from both muscles and mind.
*Back, back of legs and feet OR Neck, shoulders, arms, front of legs and feet.
Hot Stone Reflexology (1.5 hrs)
Hot Stone Reflexology originated in India and China and has been around for centuries. Ancient civilizations believed that hot stones cleansed the body and relaxed the heart, grounding the soul and soothing the mind. Further enhance the benefits of a Reflexology treatment with the use of warm basalt stones to massage the lower legs relieving any tension in the calf muscles and increasing energy flow. Smaller stones are then used to work the reflex areas and points on the feet. The heat from the stones quickly opens the reflex pathways bringing about at much deeper level of relaxation than Reflexology alone.
How Does Hot Stone Massage Work?
The hot stones are usually made of basalt, a type of rock that is rich in iron, so they retain heat. River rocks are normally used because they are so smooth - they have been smoothed over time by the river's current.
The stones are immersed in water and heated in an electric heating device until they are within a certain temperature range. The stones may be placed at specific points on the back, in the palms of the hand, or between the toes.
The heat warms and relaxes 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.
Benefits of Hot Stone Massage
Health Conditions Treated with Hot Stone Massage
- Promotes deep muscle and tissue relaxation
- Alleviates stress
- Releases toxins
- Relieves pain
- Improves circulation
- Calms the psyche
Why Do People Get Hot Stone Massage?
- Muscular aches and pains
- Back Pain
- Stress, Anxiety
- Circulatory problems
Many people find the warmth of the hot stones to be comforting and get it for relaxation.
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.
People also get hot stone massage for a variety of health conditions:
How Do the Hot Stones Feel?
- Back pain and aches
- Poor circulation
- Osteoarthritis and arthritis pain
- Stress, anxiety and tension
The hot stones are never rough. They are always flat and smooth. The hot stones used on the back are about the size of a large egg, only flat.
The stones are heated in an electrical heating unit that either provides a temperature reading or has an adjustable thermostat control.
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.
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