Would you like to feel more direct heat and pressure during your massage? Consider hot stones, a technique originating in many cultures – Chinese, Greek and Roman, Spanish, African, Egyptian, Indian, and Native American.
Hot stone massage therapy was popularized by Arizonian Mary Nelson, who developed LaStone Therapy in 1993 based on Native American practices. Heated just before use, the hot stones retain warmth for enough time to relieve muscle tension and permeate calm.
Imagine a regular Swedish, Shiatsu, or deep tissue massage. The therapist’s hands, fingers, and palms glide into you, both igniting you and calming you. Now add to that these hot stones, which triple the warmth, and provide the bonus smooth-stone tactile benefit. The hot stones are used both as an extension of the massage therapist’s hand, as well as a static heat presence, placed strategically on meridian points or other places on your body to induce both energy and relaxation. The hot stones are either resting in place, say, on spinal vertebrae, or in the cup of your palm, or they are gliding along in the massage therapist’s hands with their movements.
Hot stones elicit the following feelings:
Safety & Comfort
Clients are understandably concerned about overheating, as well as hygiene practices, using hot stones in massage. At Sky, Sea & Spa, the hot-stone trained massage therapist uses sterilization methods before heating, and cools down the stones to just the right temperature before using them on you. As with any massage, if you find that the technique is not to your preference, simply tell your massage therapist to readjust, or stop. They will comply with your wishes at all times, and in the case of hot stones, remove the stones or change the technique, and continue with a massage version you prefer.
Many people find a hot stone massage to be entirely relaxing, rejuvenating, and deeply soothing. If a hot stone massage speaks to you, try it! You might find out you were missing something all these years.