Hot stones massage is a highly detoxifying type of massage. It is the hot stones that become the therapist's tools to help relax the clients muscles and stimulates the circulation. The therapist uses the stones as an extension of his/her hand and places them at specific points on the body, in the palms of the hand, or between the toes, but may vary depending on the clients condition. When done well, this massage is great, because the heat helps warm up your muscles and is very relaxing. But hot stone massage requires a lot of skill, so quality can vary widely. The heat of the stones warm and relax the muscles, which allows the therapist to apply deeper pressure, if desired. This allows the toxins to come to the surface of the skin. 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 centres of the body to rebalance the body and mind.
The stones are usually made of basalt, a type of rock which is rich in iron. This is how the stones retain heat. These egg shaped stones come from rivers, smoothed over time by the water.
The stones are first placed in a water heated bath. Once they have reached an optimum temperature, some are removed and allowed to cool until the therapist is able to hold them. The client initially lays face down on the massage table which allows work on the back of the body. The therapist applies oil to area to be treated which helps the hot stones to glide easily over the skin. The therapist may roll them in their hands for a minute or so. This allows the heat from the hot stone to be absorbed and warm up the hands. The therapist now moves the hot stones over the massage area gently working into the muscle tissues. The therapist checks regularly with the client that the pressure being applied is not causing to much discomfort.
actually starting the massage process, therapist have to be careful
when they are working with stones on a client, because they are
stones, and very hard. The therapist can tend to sometimes
go a little too deep, so you have to always check with the client,
make sure the temperature of the stones and the pressure is okay.
There are probably about twenty to twenty-five stones within a session. They vary in size so the therapist can work different areas of the body.
The stones feel so amazing on the feet. The feet is where we have our reflex points. So basically we have are certain energetic points that are in association with the whole body, mostly the organ systems. We have energetic pathways that are in association with the organ systems that run throughout the whole body. So when you are working the feet it is just complete relaxation.
Some people find the warmth of the stones to be comforting and relaxing.The massage can be beneficial to people who feel chilly or who have cold feet. Some people suffer with muscle tension but prefer this lighter massage than other deeper pressure ones. The heat relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist to work the muscles with a minimum amount of pressure.
Clients may want hot stones massage for a variety of health conditions:
A typical massage session last between 60 and 90 minutes.The cost for a 60minute session is £55 and for 90 minutes is £70.
Massage should not be done directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumours, abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures.