Hot stone massage is an often requested massage therapy service. It’s a timely topic with the start of autumn this week because hot stone massage is especially popular in the fall and winter months. Hot stone therapy is an effective way to relieve stiff sore muscles and bring about relaxation and stress relief.
Massage with the use of hot stones is has some alternatives that you may not be aware of. The use of textured stones can bring additional relief. Textured stones are rounded or oval river rocks that have been worn semi-smooth by water. The rocks are heated and oiled. The stones are used in a Swedish-style massage.
The use of textured stones can help the client feel relaxed and energized by the treatment. Another technique is the alternation of smooth stones such as basalt with textured stones. The heated smooth stones are placed on the table. The client lies down on top of the stones. Additional stones are placed on the front side of the client. The textured stones are used as tools for gently rubbing away tension.
Alternating heated stones with cooled stones is also a popular technique. Heat brings blood to the area being treated while cold causes blood to leave the area. This massage technique has been found to increase blood and lymph circulation and to increase tissue oxygen intake. Stone massage is an excellent therapy for treating both muscular tension and stress.
The use of hot stones for healing dates back to ancient times. The heat relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist to work without using deep pressure. Hot stone massage will help the client with back pain and aches, poor circulation, osteoarthritis pain, stress, anxiety and tension, insomnia and depression.
We are holding a Hot Stone Massage class on December 3, 2016 from 9am-4:30pm. This class will teach the art of hot stone massage and how to safely handle the stones for a full body massage. It incorporates several techniques to create a very relaxing and therapeutic treatment.
The class begins with the history of stones and stone therapy, contraindications, the care and cleaning of stones, and necessary equipment. The workshop continues with demonstration and guided hands-on work and session practice. This class is a great refresher course as well for therapists who already are skilled at hot stone massage.