Hot stone massage is a specialty massage where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones, either as an extension of their own hands, or by placing them on the body while they massage other parts of the body. The heat can be deeply relaxing and can help warm up tight muscles. This, in turn, enables the therapist to massage deeper and more efficiently.
What Happens During a Hot Stone Massage?
Before you arrive, the massage therapist sanitizes the stones and heats them in bath of 120 to 150 degree water. The stones themselves are usually basalt, a black volcanic rock that absorbs and retains heat well, and have been smoothed by natural forces in the river or sea.
You usually start face down, with the therapist working on your back. First, the therapist warms up the body with traditional Swedish massage. She then massages you while holding a heated stone. As the stone cools, the therapist replaces it with another. The therapist uses many stones of various shapes and sizes; big ones on big muscles and smaller ones on small muscles.
The therapist might also leave heated stones in specific points along your spine, in the palms of your hand, on your belly, or even between your toes, to improve the flow of energy in your body. Many therapists believe that the stones themselves have an energetic charge which needs to be maintained by placing them in a spiral pattern, or periodically placing them into a full moon formation.
During your Hot Stone Massage, be sure to speak up if the stones are too warm or if the pressure is too intense. You can, of course, ask the therapist to stop using the stones if you don’t like how it feels.
What can Hot Stone Massage help?
Hot Stone Massage can help to:
- Calm the nervous system
- Create a feeling of peacefulness and spiritual well-being
- Improve blood and lymphatic circulation
- Induce a state of deep relaxation
- Offer a connection with nature
- Promote self-healing
- Reduce stress, tension and anxiety levels
- Release toxins from the muscles
- Relieve muscle tension and stiffness
Who Shouldn’t Get Hot Stone Massage?
Hot Stone massage is not appropriate if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or are on medication that thins your blood. You shouldn’t get a hot stone massage if you are pregnant or have a sun burn. You also may want to reconsider if you are menopausal, as it may trigger a hot flash.
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