Hot Stone Massage
Hot Stone Massage is a variation on classic massage therapy. Heated smooth, flat stones are placed on key points on the body.
Benefits of Hot Stone Massage
- Calms the nervous system
- Rebalances the body and mind
- Back pain and aches
- Arthritis pain
Techniques of Hot Stone Massage
Hot stones, which are normally made of basalt, are immersed in water and heated in an electric heating device until they are within a certain temperature range. The stones may be placed at specific points on the back, in the palms of the hand, or between the toes. After the hot stones have relaxed the muscles, the massage therapist may put down the stones and use her hands to directly massage the skin. The heat warms and relaxes the muscles, which allows the therapist to apply deeper pressure, if desired.
History of Hot Stone Massage
The use of hot stones for healing dates back to ancient times. In 1993 Mary Nelson, an Arizona massage therapist, introduced her hot stone massage technique, called LaStone Therapy. Hot stone is a popular, pampering technique, which is often a favorite at spas.
Length of Hot Stone Massage Session: 60 or 90 mins. **Hot Stone Massage is a complement to standard medical care. It should not be construed as medical advice. It should not be a replacement to medical help.**