The best way to describe being massaged by hot stones:
“It’s like having mini heaters rubbed over your muscles, preparing your muscles for deep tissue massage.”
Benefits of Hot Stone Therapy
– Reduces back/shoulder/neck pain – Increases circulation
– Improves lymphatic circulation – Decreases joint pain
– Decreases menstrual pain – Relieves tension headaches
Difference between regular massage and Hot Stone massage:
Preparing your body for a regular massage, Melissa slowly warms up your body tissue using various massage techniques to prepare your body for deep tissue massage. With Hot Stone massage, your body soaks in the heat quickly, saving the time it takes a regular massage to “ready” your body for deeper pressure, AND it feels good!
Basalt stones are heated in a water-filled heater, and only applied when at the ideal temperature. Melissa slowly introduces one stone to your body; she tends to cool the first stone to a lukewarm temperature to slowly introduce the temperature variance to your body. The first time anyone experiences a Hot Stone massage, they cannot help but feel a little uneasy, because it is hard to know what to expect.
History of Hot Stones:
The origin of Hot Stone Therapy dates back more than 5000 years. Healers collected stones from riverbeds and warmed them in water or on hot coals. The stones were then used to massage the body to relieve muscle pain and discomfort. They were also placed on the body along energy pathways to allow the Prana, or life force, to heal on a physical, emotional and spiritual level.
In 1993, Mary Nelson of Arizona intuitively began to use hot stones. Today, she is credited as being the founder of “La Stone Therapy”, a world-renowned technique of Hot Stone Massage.
Properties of Basalt Stones:
Basalt stones* are most recommended for use in Hot Stone Therapy. Their ultra smooth texture and strong heat retaining qualities make them the ideal choice. Basalt is formed as lava cools following a volcanic eruption. Another important quality of basalt stones is their inherent magnetic field, which helps to rebalance the body’s energy centers during treatment.
*Basalt stones are found in the Andes Mountains of South America.
Is Hot Stone Massage accepted under your benefits?
Everyone is asking! With all the new privacy laws, a quick phone call to your insurance company will answer this question for you. Don’t forget to tell them your therapist is a Registered Massage Therapist.