HOT STONE MASSAGE
The hot stone massage as a form of “thermotherapy” is
an age-old healing therapy since ancient Egyptians. The
hot stones warmed by fire were also used by Native
Americans to treat aching muscles. The North American
massage therapists start using it in the early 90’ and
today it is an increasingly popular choice at day spas and
massage centers all over the world.
Before to book a hot stone massage you’ll have to check
with your doctor to make sure that hot stone massage
therapy is right for you. It is better to book a stone
massage treatment on a day you will not have to rush out
somewhere after this massage treatment.
Come to the massage salon with a few minutes earlier
before the hot stone stone massage session starts to
accommodate yourself with the atmosphere from the
massage salon. It is also good to know it is prohibited
to eat heavy meals or to drink alcohol before stone
massage. It is usually fine to wear bikini bottoms or
knickers during this massage and the massage
therapist will be very skilled to strategically place towels
on your body. The stone massage treatment will last
between ½ – 1 hour.
The stones used for hot stone massage are usually
made from basalt , a black volcanic rock that absorbs
and retains the heat very well. These stones are also
very smooth and they do not irritate the skin in any
way. Beside this, the massage therapist will treat your
skin with oils to ensure a smooth glide and to prevent
any trauma to skin. The massage therapist will sanitize
the stones and he will place them into a stone heater
which is filled with water typically heated to 50-53
The massage therapist will place the warmed stones at
key acupressure points throughout the body. These
acupressure points are locations on the body that are
thought to release the flow of energy and promote the
body’s own healing process. The massage therapist
will use many stones of various shapes and sizes. The
big stones are used for big muscles and the small
stones are used for smaller muscles.
Some styles of stone massage incorporate chilled
stones into the massage session. These stones are
made from marble and are placed into a bowl of iced
water before they are used. A good massage therapist
will always know when to use hot stones and when is
best to use cold stones or other massage techniques
to relax tense muscles , relieve pain and stiffness and
to improve circulation.
Those who do hot stone massage can customize the
treatment to a client’s specific needs and preferences.
The massage therapist will also use a variety of
strokes and massage techniques to massage you ,
working with the stones and his hands . These stones
may be used as massage tools or they can be
temporarily left in some places on your body.
The benefits of hot stone massage are:
-heal your body ;
-revive your energy ;
-increase circulation and metabolism ;
-expand blood vessels and encourages blood flow
throughout your body ;
- have a sedative effect that can relieve chronic pain,
reduce anxiety, promote tranquility, ameliorate
insomnia and depression ;
- provides relief from pain associated with fibromyalgia
, arthritis, carpel tunnel syndrome , other chronic
- increases flexibility in joints ;
- helps the body to get rid of toxins ;
- it is helpful in relieving muscle restrictions after an
orthopedic surgery ;
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