Hot stone massage is a unique massage where the therapist is trained in incorporating the use of smooth, heated stones into the therapy session. The stones are either placed on various energy spots along the body, or can be used as an extension of the therapist’s hands to deliver the massage. The heat serves to deeply relax the body in addition to warming up tight muscles so the therapist can work more deeply.
Prior to starting the treatment, the stones are sanitized and heated in a bath of 120 F to 130 F. The types of stones used for this treatment are called basalt, a black volcanic rock that absorbs heat well and are naturally smoothed by the forces in the river or sea. The treatment starts with the therapist warming up the tissues with a traditional Swedish massage, followed by massaging while holding the heated stones. Stones may also be left along the spine or legs to increase the flow of energy. Almond, grape seed or coconut oils are used so not to damage the stones. Communication between the client and therapist is important during the session, as the stones may be too hot or uncomfortable for some clients. In these situations, the therapist can place a towel between the skin and stones, or remove them from the treatment completely.
Hot stone massage is ideal for clients who experience symptoms associated with fibromyalgia, poor circulation, arthritis, and generalized stress and tension. Common outcomes from this treatment include relief of muscle tension, improved quality of sleep, increased metabolism, detoxification and a decrease in chronic pain symptoms.
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 sunburn. You also may want to reconsider if you are menopausal, as it may trigger a hot flash.
It is recommended that clients book a 60-minute session to receive the most benefits from this treatment. To book a hot stone massage, call 613-635-7026.
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