A few things to know about Hot Stone Massage

Hot stone massage is a type of massage therapy that involves the use of smooth, heated stones. Verbal and written history of massaging using heated stones supports the notion and the Chinese were using heated stones to improve organ function 2000 years ago. Native Americans often used hot stones as part of sweat lodge practices, and would place the stones on women’s abdomens to ease menstrual cramps. Hawaiians also used hot stones for various healing practices.

The massage therapist places the hot stones on specific points on your body and may also hold the stones while giving the massage. The localized heat and weight of the stones warm and relax muscles, allowing the massage therapist to apply deeper pressure to those areas without causing discomfort.

During the massage, the therapist places stones on specific points on the body. While the points may vary depending on the areas of muscle tension and the client’s health history, the stones are generally placed, along both sides of the spine, in the palms of your hand, on your legs, between the toes or on the forehead.

A few things to know about hot stone massage:

• The stones are strategically placed on trigger points along the body, or spots likely to experience pain and sprains. These areas can include the hand, toes, back, and neck. Some of these spots are considered to be the energy centers of the body.

• Muscles that are tight and tense are much harder to penetrate during a massage. By using the stones the muscles are loosened and tense spots in your body are relaxed. This allows your massage therapist to really heal, lengthen, and soothe those areas, without greatly increasing the pressure of the massage. Essentially, the warmed stones allow your massage therapist to do his or her job more readily and effectively while still maintaining your greatest comfort.

• The rocks used are basalt stones, which have an exceptionally high iron content, allowing them to retain heat for much longer than a typical stone. Basalt stones are the most common type of volcanic rock, that have been tumbled smooth and feel wonderful on the skin.

• Poor circulation can lead to increased tiredness, mental “fogginess,” and a weakened immune system. As the heat from the stones seeps deeply into your muscles, your blood vessels open, bringing about improved circulation.

• Many of our clients also report psychological benefits, as well as the physical benefits, of getting a hot stone massage. Many happy recipients report feeling calmer, more at peace, less anxious, and even less depressed.

Anyone who is experiencing muscle tension and pain, insomnia, or stress may benefit from a hot stone massage. If you have a chronic condition that causes pain, talk to your doctor to see if a hot stone massage is a good option for you.

Hot stone is available as an add-on to regular Massage for additional $20 (60 min Semi Stone) or a Full Body Hot Stone for additional $35 (90 min Full Stone). The service is only available by appointment due to the preparation required.
For more information call Body & Soul Massage at 978-825-0040 or email info@bodysoulsalem.com