Hot stone massages are widely practiced in and outside of the United States for their simple and easy to maintain preparation along with their very natural and great feeling results.
Hot stone massages mainly originate from Native American and Chinese cultures, however it has been confirmed as a form of healing in many locations throughout time and the world, with evidence linking to North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Egypt and India.
Hot stone massage techniques were developed with the belief that the treatment would help to heal internal organs and improve the bodies ability to function.
Now a days, most all spas offer this form of treatment due to it’s widely acclaimed abilities to refresh the body and loosen knots in muscles.
However this technique takes a lot of skill and sensitivity, and thus requires certified training, so should not be attempted freely at home.
So how does hot stones help the body and result in a phenomenal message experience?
Well before the appointment time, the message therapists preps the stones that will be used in the treatment. To accomplish this preparation, the stones are sanitized and heated in a bath of 120-150 degree water.
The stones generally used in this massage technique are basalt, a black volcanic rock that is very good at absorbing and retaining heat and with a surface that is smoothed naturally from it’s life in the wild thanks to the seas and rivers.
Now for the application process. Generally the person starts face down and the stones are applied to their back. However before the application of the stones, the message therapist will prepare the body, in this case the back, with a traditional Swedish massage. Once the body is worked enough, the stones are then incorporated into the massage, using a variety of shapes and sizes for the stones, often to match the surface they are working on. For example, larger stones will be applied to locations that have a larger muscle involved and smaller stones for the smaller muscle locations.
The therapist will at times place stones in specific locations of the body to sit like on the spine which is often seen in pictures, or in the palms, on the belly, or between your toes. This is thought to help improve the flow of energy in the body.
If the stones are ever becoming uncomfortable, don’t hesitate to notify the massage therapist.
So is a hot stone massage good for everyone? Well not necessarily.
Those with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or are on medication that thins the blood should avoid this form of message. Women who are pregnant or persons who have a sunburn should also avoid this message as it may cause harm or discomfort.
Give us a call or schedule an appointment online and let’s get your body feeling fresh and rejuvenated with a technique that has been practiced through the ages!