If you are looking for the ultimate comforting and relaxing massage, then a hot stone massage is right for you. Hot stone massage soothes, relaxes and de-stresses your entire body, elevating your mood and strengthening your circulation. With the additional layer of heated warm stones, it adds a unique relaxing element to the massage. If you suffer from anxiety, back pain, depression, insomnia or arthritis then hot stone could be very beneficial. While Hot Stone is considered safe when performed by a professional therapist, it isn't a right fit for some people. if you have certain medical conditions such as cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease or are on medication that thins the blood, consult your doctor. During a hot stone massage, Swedish massage techniques are used, including long relaxing strokes with the therapist using the stones as an extension of their hands to massage the body.
Hot Stone Massage is a specialized form of Massage practiced by a Licensed Massage Therapist. Additional trainings are taken to learn about proper techniques of Hot Stone Therapy, how to clean and maintain the stones and how to incorporate hot stones into a routine massage session. Hot Stone Massage training typically only takes 1 day and can be integrated into most modalities. Typically, the stones are made of basalt or river rock that hold the heat longer than most stones. Other types of stones used during a Hot Stone Massage can be made of Sedimentary Rock, Metamorphic Rock, Gemstones, Jade or Himalayan Salt Stone. Each therapist or studio will specialize in a different type of Stone Massage. Hot Stone Massage is a unique modality as it can be viewed as an art and can be specialized in-depth. Many therapists learn the techniques on-the-job as most spas have signature treatments and therefore obtain specialized training from their place of employment.