Hot stone massage is a variation on classic massage therapy, using heated smooth, flat stones that are placed on key points on the body. The massage therapist may also hold the stones and use them to massage certain areas of the body. The use of hot stones for healing dates back to ancient times. Today, massage therapists have developed their own versions of the hot stone massage using heated, smooth rocks.
The hot stones are usually made of basalt, a type of rock that is rich in iron, so they retain heat. River rocks are normally used because they are smooth. The stones are immersed in water and heated in an electric heater until they are within a certain temperature range. The placement of the stones is usually at specific points on the back, in the palms of the hand, or between the toes but may vary depending on the client’s condition.
The heat of the stones warm and relax the muscles, which allows the therapist to apply deeper pressure, if desired. The warmth of the hot stones improves circulation and calms the nervous system. Some massage therapists place stones on points that are thought to be energy centers of the body to rebalance the body and mind.
There are many known benefits of hot stone massage. Some people find the warmth of the hot stones to be comforting and get this type of massage for relaxation. Hot stone massage is suited to people who tend to feel chilly. It’s also suited for people who have muscle tension but prefer a lighter massage. The heat relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist to work the muscles without using deep pressure. Hot stone massage may also help a variety of health conditions included back pain and back aches, poor circulation, arthritis, osteoarthritis, stress, anxiety, tension, insomnia and depression.
During a hot stone massage, the massage therapist often begins by applying oil to the body, stone 2which allows the hot stones to glide smoothly along the muscles. The massage therapist always holds the stones first before touching them to your body, which ensures that the temperature will not be too hot. A typical hot stone massage is between 60 and 90 minutes long.
We are offering a Hot Stone Massage Class August 10. 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.
Contact us for details or to register at 610-705-4401.