Hot Stone Massage
What is Hot Stone Massage?
Hot stone massage is a natural therapy in which warmed stones are positioned on parts of the client's body of to maximize the therapeutic benefit. The stones used are typically river rocks or other very smooth-surfaced stones made of basalt. These stones are heated in sanitizing water before use. The high iron content in basalt helps the stones retain heat during the massage.
Hot stone massages are beneficial on both physical and psychological levels. Always check with your doctor before getting a hot stone massage; individuals with certain conditions--including pregnant women and people with high blood pressure--are advised to avoid this type of therapy.
Why do people get Hot Stone Massage?
The heat from the stones helps your muscles relax, allowing the massage therapist to manipulate your deep tissues more effectively. Overly tense muscles can hinder the massage procedure, so if your muscles are extremely tight or stiff, the heated stones may provide the extra relaxation you need for the massage to be beneficial in releasing tension and easing sore muscles.
What to expect during a Hot Stone Massage.
Similar to a traditional massage, you will recline onto a massage table. Some facilities use heated tables the therapist will have prepared several hot, smooth stones by heating them in a hot stone cooker or crockpot. The heated stones will be gently placed on the muscles on either side of the spine to promote deep tissue relaxation. Smaller stones may be placed between the fingers and toes to warm and relax the area. The massage therapist will gently glide the hot stones over your body. As the stones cool, your therapist will select other stones until your muscles are completely relaxed.
Sessions and Pricing
30 Minute Session .................... £30
60 Minute Session .................... £45
75 Minute Session .....................£55