Hot Stone Massage
Indulge with the relaxing warmth of hot basalt stones on your back to help rejuvenate your mind and body.
What is hot stone?
A Hot stone massage is a holistic remedial massage using hot stones.
Hot Stones are volcanic pebbles (full of iron which holds heat), heated and used as a tool to massage stiff, aching and painful muscle areas. It is often mistaken for a beauty treatment which aids just relaxation, however it can treat a variety is conditions.
How does hot stone massage work?
The heat from the stones warms and relaxes the muscles, which allows the therapist to apply deeper pressure, if desired. The warmth of the hot stones improves circulation, calms the nervous system and promotes muscle relaxation.
Where do you place the stones?
The stones are placed at specific points on the back, ‘chakra points’ in the palms of the hand, or between the toes. The chakra points are the body’s energy centre. It is believed to vitalize the physical body and re-balance the energy levels, mind and inner being. Colder stones can be alternated with the use of hot basalt or basinite stones to promote healing and detoxification.
Will the stones burn me?
No. Definitely not. Our therapist always holds the stones first before touching them to your body, which ensures that the temperature will not be too hot. However, everyone has their own comfort range. Be sure to speak up if the stones are too hot for you.
How will the stones feel?
The stones are never rough. They are always flat and smooth. The stones used on the back are about the size of your palm and are flat.
What can I expect during my visit?
Our therapist will begin by applying soothing oil to your back and neck area, which allows the stones to glide smoothly along the muscles. You will lie face down on a specialist bed and our therapist will use the heated stones to massage the back. After the hot stones have relaxed the muscles, our therapist will use her hands to directly massage the skin. The stones may be applied to rest on the skin once they have cooled to a suitable temperature.
What conditions is Hot Stone Massage used for?
We find that people like the warmth of the stones and say it’s comforting. Hot stone massage is suited to people who have muscle tension but can also benefit the following:
Back and muscle pain
Arthritis (Osteo and Rheumatoid)
Stress and Anxiety
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
General relaxation and nurturing!