Hot Stone Massage Therapy
Hot Stone Therapy was introduced by Melissa Madsen RMT at East Mountain Massage. As a form of hot hydrotherapy, it is a therapeutic way to warm up the muscle tissues for deep tissue and a great way to increase the blood and lymph circulation in the body, which aids in healing
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, a massage therapist spends a lot of time slowly warming up your 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. A patient at East Mountain Massage, commented that she didn’t realize the deep pressure was applied once the hot stones were applied. (This same patient could never tolerate any form of deep pressure prior to hot stone therapy.)
Basalt stones are heated in a water-filled heater, and only applied when at the ideal temperature. Your therapist slowly introduces one stone to your body, cooling the first stone, if the temperature is too hot..
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.
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.
Are any of the Stone therapy 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.