Hot Stone Massage
Hot Stone Massage: The use of hot stones for healing dates back to ancient times, and hot stone massage is a technique applied to both Swedish and deep tissue massage therapy. The 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 electrical heating unit that either provides a temperature reading or has an adjustable thermostat control until they are within a certain temperature range. Many people find the warmth of the hot stones to be comforting. 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 warms and relaxes the muscles, which allows the therapist to work the muscles without using deep pressure. The warmth of the hot stones improves circulation and calms the nervous system.
What Conditions Are Ideal For Hot Stone Massage?
- Back pain and aches
- Poor circulation
- Osteoarthritis and arthritis pain
- Stress, anxiety and tension
How Will The Stones Feel? The stones are never rough. They are a variety of shapes and sizes. The massage therapist always holds the stones first before touching them to your body, which ensures that the temperature will not be too hot. However, everyone has their own comfort range. Be sure to communicate any discomfort due to the temperature of the stones.