The localised heat and weight of the stones are said to improve circulation and warm tense muscles, allowing the massage therapist to apply deeper pressure.
The Benefits of Hot Stone Massage
Some people find the warmth of the hot stones to be comforting and deeply relaxing.
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 using lighter pressure.
Although there’s a lack of research on the benefits of hot stone massage, the therapy is often used for the same conditions as a classic massage:
The hallmark of hot stone massage is the use of the heated stones.
Basalt river rocks are typically used because they have become smooth over time from the river’s current and retain heat.
To prepare for the treatment, the therapist heats the stones in a professional massage stone heater until they are within a precise temperature range (typically between 110 and 130 degrees Fahrenheit). He or she places the stones on specific points on the back. While the points may vary depending on areas of muscle tension and the client’s health history, they are generally placed along both sides of the spine, in the palms of the hand, on the legs, or between the toes.
While many therapists use anatomy to guide the placement of the stones, some massage therapists will also place stones on points thought to energetically balance the mind and body.
The use of hot stones for healing dates back to when Native Americans warmed stones by fire and applied them to skin to ease muscle aches and pains.
Modern hot stone therapy is generally credited to Arizona massage therapist Mary Nelson, who developed LaStone Therapy, a hot stone technique integrated with therapeutic massage.
Hot stone massage has continued to evolve, with many massage therapists and spas offering their own versions of the massage.
Benefits of Stone Therapy Massage
It increases blood and lymph circulation, softens tissues, releases tension. It balances body, mind and soul. Hot Stone massage is a spiritual treatment balancing the chakras. It helps relieve headaches and migraines. It speeds up metabolism, relaxes the client, especially for people who find it difficult to relax. It opens the energy centres in the body.
Timing: 75 minutes