Hot Stone Massage is a therapeutic massage modality that incorporates the use of stones with traditional massage technique. Typically Basalt stones, of varying size and shape, are warmed in sanitizing water and used for this remarkably soothing treatment. These smooth volcanic rocks have a high iron content, enabling them to conduct and retain heat well.
Every Hot Stone Massage begins with the therapist warming up the client’s body with Swedish Massage strokes. Stones are then placed on points along the spine, and used to massage the muscles and soft tissues of the body. As each stone cools, the therapist replaces it with another warm one. Changing stones frequently throughout the massage to maintain the level of heat, allows the therapist to readily access deeper layers of tissue, maximizing the tension relief and sense of calm the client experiences.
The Benefits of Hot Stone Massage
There is an ever-growing body of research that confirms the positive effects of massage on the cardiovascular, lymphatic, integumentary (including fascia), musculoskeletal, endocrine, nervous and digestive systems. Adding Hot Stones to traditional Massage Therapy treatments enhances those benefits by:
Is Hot Stone Massage Right for Me?
If you've been thinking about booking a Hot Stone Massage, but are unsure if it's right for you, consider the following. This type of treatment is recommended for individuals who:
Hot Stone Massage is NOT recommended for:
N.B. The list above is not comprehensive. It is important to inform your therapist about any medical conditions you have, to determine if Hot Stone work is safe for you.
Tips to Optimize Your Hot Stone Massage Experience:
Though Hot Stone Massages are definitely therapeutic, the added cost of the treatment may make it seem like an indulgent luxury to some. With that in mind, follow the tips below to get the most out of your Hot Stone Massage session.
Hot Stone Massage treatments are provided by Beverly, Kim H. and Bisa at Neighbourhood Massage Therapy.