Hot Stone Massage

What is Hot Stone Massage?
Hot Stone Massage is a variation on classic massage therapy. Heated smooth, flat stones are used to massage certain areas of the body. The therapist may also hold the stones and use them to massage certain areas of the body.


How does Hot Stone Massage Work?
The stones, which are usually made of basalt are immersed in water and heated in an electric heating device until they are within a certain temperature range. The stones are then placed at specific points on the back, in the palms of the hands or between the toes. The heat from the stones warms and relaxes the muscles allowing the therapist to apply deeper pressure, if desired. Some massage therapists place the stones on points that are thought to be energy centres of the body to rebalance the body and mind.


How do the Hot Stone Feel?
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 electric 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 is not too hot. Everyone, however, has their own comfort range. Be sure to speak up if the stones are too hot for you.


What are the benefits of Hot Stone Massage?
Hot Stone Massage can help with a variety of health conditions including:

Back pain and aches
Poor circulation
Osteoarthritis and arthritis pain
Stress, anxiety and tension
Insomnia
Depression



What are the benefits of Hot Stone Massage?

The massage therapist often begins by applying oil to the body, which allows the hot stones to glide smoothly along the muscles. You are lying face down, and the massage therapist often then uses the hot stones to massage the back. After the hot stones have relaxed the muscles, the massage therapist may put down the stones and use his or her hands to directly massage the skin. The hot stones may then be placed back on to the body and left for a short period of time. You are then asked to turn over onto your back. The massage therapist may place small hot stones between your toes or in the palm of your hand and repeats the sequence.

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