Hot Stone Massage
Hot Stone Massage is a speciality massage that uses smooth, heated or cold stones. They are often basalt, a black volcanic rock that absorbs and retains heat or cold well, but there can be other types. The heat or cold is both deeply relaxing and helps tight muscles release.
Hot stone therapy / massage is considered more gentle to the body compared with Swedish massage or deep tissue massage since the hot stone practitioner uses the stone instead of their hands to massage. However gentle it may seem, the therapists at the Therapy Rooms are able to reach three times deeper during the massage than through the use of mere fingers making it more intense than a regular Swedish massage.
The stones are heated using water with temperature ranging from 120 – 130 degree Fahrenheit although usual treatment requires alternating the use of hot basalt or basinite stones and much colder stones like marble ones.
It is believed that the combination of warmth and cool treatment encourages the body to relax, detox and heal, however this is dependant on the client and what physical problems they have.
Other benefits of hot stone massage / therapy include:
• Muscle relaxation
• Easing stress and recharge your energy levels
• Releases toxins
• Improves blood circulation
History & Techniques - Hot stone massage
The ancient healing art of stone therapy using various massage techniques and warm stones relaxes the body at its deepest level and is effective in creating harmony and balanced energy flow. The subtle energies of stones introduced into a treatment are known to promote a meditative state of quietude and calm. Stones formed by sedimentary and volcanic action are very effective.
The thermal conduction of the stones brings about local and systemic changes in the body, influencing the energy centres, balancing both body and mind. A combination of the unique energies of the stones and universal energy assist the balancing of the body’s internal energy flow (chi).
Native tribes of Hawaii and Tibet, American Indians and Chinese practitioners have used this therapy to help treat medical problems and ease tension in the mind and also dealing with the body making it a holistic whole body treatment. Using stones can penetrate the muscle fibres to a deeper level than manual massage alone allowing it to be more effective for your client.
is a perfect way to nurture our bodies and ourselves. Incorporating stones and crystals into a treatment can enhance the power of this contact.
Cold Stone Massage These stones are also effective when used as a cold application. Cold, used alone on the body, is a powerful decongestant, pushing blood, fluid and wastes out of overworked, chronically tense, or inflamed tissues such as the orbits, where it can help reduce dark circles through placement on the eye area. Cold stones can also be used on the sinus area, or as a pressure placement on post-extraction procedures, where it will help increase microcirculation, metabolism, and elimination thus affecting change on a cellular level, while interrupting the pain-spasm-pain cycle. In cooperation with heated stones, chilled stones create a dramatic movement of fluids within the body, generating a healing, cleansing, and nourishing effect due to the alternate constriction and dilation of the blood vessels. Cold also generates a toning, or strengthening response to several body systems, most notably the immune system. While cryotherapy can be an effective form of medical treatment in certain circumstances, in massage, cold stones have the advantage over ice, in that stones do not desensitize the skin, as ice can, so soft tissue manipulations and mobilizations will not be taken beyond the client's tolerance.
Cold stones alternated with hot stones can provide a therapeutic balance*.
Some benefits of cold stones: disperse congestion, alleviate swelling, interrupt muscle spasms, stimulate the autonomic nervous system, increase metabolism and invigorate.
*Alternating cold and hot stone application is not a treatment for everyone. If a client is prone to being cold day to day, or has mild circulatory problems, it is recommended that the client experience a hot stone massage only. What to Expect when getting a Hot/Cold stone massage In a typical session, the therapist will ask you to lie down on a table or floor mat wearing loose clothing and no shoes. while there are several massage styles where the client may remain fully clothed, hot stone therapy and massage should be done with the client covered with a sheet and/or a cotton blanket except for the area that therapist will be working on.
Therapist starts by gliding the stones in a ritualistic, gentle manner at the foot, slowly moving up to the legs, until it reaches the side the torso and up to the arm, right to the fingertips.
The chest and shoulders then receive the same mindful practice. Depending on the size and weight, some stones are placed in the palms and coin-sized stones are lightly wedged between the toes to improve the flow of energy in your body. Heated Chakra stones are used to align and balance chief energy centers. As the stone cools, the therapist replaces it with another.
A single treatment allows the client to feel completely at peace with his or herself as well as with his or her surroundings. Known not only for its healing effect but likewise the ultimate journey for mind, body and soul, stone therapy massage is pure decadence and a real indulgence that every human being definitely deserve!
First Time Tips
First time clients are advised to arrive at the Therapy Rooms a few minutes earlier to relax and be comfortable. If you have any doubts or questions, it is the perfect time to ask and inquire instead of proceeding with the treatment half-heartedly. Make sure you don’t eat heavy meal before the massage. Refraining from smoking it also advised two hours before and after the treatment.
Although the therapists always ensure that the temperature of the stone will not be too hot for you, everyone has their own comfort range.
Remember that hot or cold stone therapy and massage should make you feel calm, at peace and invigorating. So make sure to speak up if the stones are unbearable for you of if the pressure is too intense.
You should not use stone therapy and massage when:
• Individual with infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds
• Those who just underwent surgery
• Immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor
• Individuals who are prone to blood clots. If you have heart disease, check with your doctor before having a massage
• Pregnant women unless recommended by their OB Gyne and done by therapists who are certified in pregnancy massage.
Most of all, hot stone therapy / massage are best suited for people who deserve some nurture and pampering. This means after every treatment, you will not only feel rejuvenated but beautiful and special as well.
While the information contained within the site is periodically updated. The materials contained on this website are provided for general information purposes only and do not constitute medical advice or act as an alternative. If you suffer from any medical conditions, we advise you to see a medical professional. The Therapy Rooms does not accept any responsibility for any health difficulties that may arise from not seeing a medical professional for your condition. Massage in all forms should be done in conjunction with treatment from your doctor and not as
the only form of treatment