Hot Stone Massage
“When you touch a body you touch the whole person, the intellect, the spirit and the emotions”
Hot Stone Massage Treatment
On your first visit, I will take a full consultation, which will include your past and present health and lifestyle. The therapy will be fully discussed and your questions answered prior to treatment.
Hot stone massage is carried out on a massage plinth, with the client undressed to underwear. The modesty of the client is preserved throughout the treatment, with towels or sheets covering areas of the body not being worked on. Warmed basalt stones, known as placement stones are placed on specific areas of the body, these stones remain in-situ for part of the treatment, a towel is placed between your skin and these stones. Then working stones oiled in a fixed oil such as coconut are used to massage the feet, legs, back, neck, upper chest, face, arms, hands and abdomen. The heat from the stones penetrate deep into the muscle tissue, which results in the muscles relaxing quicker than a standard massage.
I offer aftercare advice following a treatment. As your body will respond in a way that is individual to you, I encourage self-care, allowing your body restore balance.
What is Hot Stone Massage?
Hot Stone Massage is a holistic, bodywork therapy, combining heated stones, into a massage treatment. The heat from the stones release into the muscles, tissues and stimulate the movement of chi through energy points in the body. Resulting in a deeply relaxing, grounding treatment, supporting the body’s innate ability to heal itself.
The basalt lava stones are found in rivers, oceans and along the sea shore. Formed as a result of volcanic action. Over time they have be smoothed and rounded through the action of movement and water. Basalt holds heat for a long period of time making them very useful for a massage treatment.
The stones contain the energy from the earth over thousands of years, which further enhances their therapeutic effect. Hot stone massage is a deeply energetic treatment. The use of cold stones may also be added to the treatment, reducing pain and inflammation, cooling an over heated area.
Benefits of Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage has many health and wellness benefits such as:
Supporting relaxation and relieving stress, warm stones when placed on the skin will help calm and sedate, promoting homeostasis throughout the body.
Increased circulation, allowing oxygenated, nutrient rich fuel to flood the body, which is beneficial to health and well being, along with allowing the muscles to function more efficiently, as the more oxygen rich blood in the muscle cells the more effectively the muscles will work. Heat from the stones support the muscles to relax helping to relieve tight, sore and tense muscles.
Hot stone massage can increase lymphatic drainage, promoting the release of toxins from the body.
Cold stones can be an addition to a hot stone massage treatment. Alternating hot and cold can be beneficial to decrease pain and muscle spasm, reducing inflammation. The immediate short term effect of cold stones can be stimulating.