Hot Stone Massage
A hot stone massage uses stones, sometimes heated, to massage the body. The hardness of the stones allows me to address specific problem areas with more detailed work or deeper pressure. The stones I use are mad out of basalt and come in various sizes, shapes and weights and are heated in water.
Stones are very good at helping to impart heat onto the body by placing them under the client with a layer of fabric between the client and stone (a sheet or towel) and/or on top of the client, again upon a towel.
An authentic hot stone massage is not simply the "gliding" of heated stones lightly upon the surface of the skin, but rather the stones are used as tools to deliver effective tissue and muscle massage at a pressure level comfortable to the client.
The heat from the stones relaxes muscles, increase the blood flow to the area being worked on which further accelerates the healing process. This increase in circulation and the relaxation of the muscles also aids in mental relaxation. Mental relaxation is one of the keys to effectively working on the deeper muscles of your body.
Of course, I keep the stones heated in clean, sanitized water between 120 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit (about 50°C). I use tongs to remove the stones from the hot water for sanitary reasons since hot water promotes the growth of bacteria.
It's important for your licensed massage therapist to have the proper training when performing all types of massages, including hot stone massages. I completed my training at Columbus State University and have taken extensive course on hot stone massages as well.
Please call for your hot stone massage today! You'll be glad you did.