Hot stone massage involves using smooth, flat, heated stones as an extension of the therapist’s hands. The heat from the stones is deeply relaxing and helps warm up tight muscles, enabling me as the therapist to work deeper into them more quickly. It is thought that one stroke of a heated stone is equivalent to 5-10 strokes of a therapist’s hand, meaning that you experience a deeper, more relaxing massage in the same time as a normal treatment.
The heat of the stones also maximises the ability of the skin to absorb the oils being used in the massage, increasing their beneficial effects.
The practice of using stones in massage is believed to date back thousands of years, and were used in the traditions of ancient civilizations in India, China and the North American Indians.
We use natural basalt stones for our hot stone massage. Basalt is formed from molten lava that has cooled following a volcanic eruption, and is one of the most common igneous rocks. Basalt stones are dark in colour due to the amount of iron, magnesium and other heavy elements they contain, and these elements allow the basalt stones to absorb, hold, and give out a consistent and soothing heat.
A Hot Stone massage has all the benefits of a normal massage treatment but with the extra benefits of thermotherapy. Clients find it very relaxing and nurturing at the same time as being able to receive a deep and soothing treatment for stiff and aching muscles. It (literally) melts away tension, increasing circulation as the hot stones expand blood vessels, which encourages blood flow (and therefore oxygen) throughout the body. The hot stones can also have a sedative effect that can relieve chronic pain, reduce stress and promote deep relaxation.
- Provides relief from pain associated with fibromyalgia, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other chronic conditions
- Decreases pain and muscle spasms
- Reduces chronic stress and tension
- Increases flexibility in joints, aiding in easier mobility and movement
- Relieves pain and tension created by strained and contracted muscles
NB: Hot Stones treatment can be enjoyed by most clients, as the temperature of the stones can be adjusted. However due to the element of heat involved extra caution is advisable for those who may have skin conditions or issues with sensitisation. If you are unsure whether Hot Stones would be suitable for you, please do get in touch with us to discuss further.