Hot Stones Massage
What is a Hot Stones massage?
A hot stones massage differs from other massage treatments by using heated stones. Basalt river rocks are used as they are smooth (from the river’s current), and retain heat well.
Prior to the treatment, the massage therapist heats the stones in a professional stone heater until they are within a precise temperature range, usually within 50 and 60 degrees Celsius. The stones are slightly cooled and placed on the client’s body in trigger point areas. The therapist then uses the heated stones as part of the massage therapy.
What are the benefits of a Hot Stones Massage?
Hot stone massage therapy melts away tension, eases muscle stiffness and increases circulation and metabolism. The localised heat and weight of the stones warm and relax muscles, allowing the therapist to apply deeper pressure to those areas without causing discomfort. Clients often describe the treatment as comforting and deeply relaxing. Along with muscular tension release, other benefits reported are reduced feelings of anxiety and stress, promotion of sleep, and decrease of pain in trigger point areas.
What should I expect?
Before the treatment takes place, the therapist will complete a full consultation with the client, specifying trigger points, or key areas, the client wants to focus on. In some cases, the client may just want to have a full body relaxation treatment, whereas in others, the client may point out specific places they require their treatment. The stones will be initially placed in specific areas to first warm the muscles through. The therapist then applies oil to the skin (any allergies are discussed prior to the treatment), and then, holding stones in both hands, the therapist uses gliding movements to move the stones along the muscles. Depending on the treatment and consultation beforehand, the therapist will use different techniques to release muscular pressure.
Is a hot stone massage painful?
The treatment shouldn’t cause any discomfort to you. If you feel the stones are too hot, or the pressure is uncomfortable, then inform the therapist straight away, and they will adapt the treatment accordingly.
Who shouldn’t get a Hot Stones Massage?
Hot Stones Massages are generally known for being safe and relaxing, when performed by a trained and licensed massage therapist, it’s not always right for everyone.
Consult your doctor beforehand if you have a medical condition beforehand such as:
A few final tips in making the most out of your massage
- Don’t eat just before your massage
- Drink water prior to, and after your massage to remain hydrated
- See a licensed therapist trained in hot stones massage.
- Be through in completing your consultation form.
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