In all types of massage therapy including hot/cold stone massage, the intention is to relax the soft tissues, increase delivery of blood and oxygen to the massaged areas, warm them, and help the body to relax. In a typical massage therapy session, the practitioner will discuss symptoms, medical history and the desired results. The practitioner generally performs some evaluation through touch before beginning the massage. Oil helps to reduce the friction on the skin and the therapist may use other aids, such as ice, heat, fragrances, or machines. Massage may be found to bring relief from everyday aches, reduce stress, increase relaxation, address feelings of anxiety and tension and aid general wellness.
In a hot stone massage warm basalt stones are the recommended stones for this hot stone therapy and are typically found as volcanic rock and shaped as smooth flat stones. Most are grey in colour but turn black when wet and used with oil. They are excellent at retaining heat allowing the warmth from the basalt stones to help loosen and soothe your muscles from the stresses and strains of life. Marble stones retain coolness and are are then used to contrast with the warmth and refresh mind, body and soul. Using both stones together creates a balanced and rejuvenating treatment. Semi-precious stones are interspersed amongst the basalt stones on the front of the body which work with the Chakras to cleanse and balance them. Massage with the stones, offers a deeper treatment and eases and soothes tense muscles and promotes a state of relaxation for body, mind and soul. Along with ambiant lighting and gentle music the warm stones and luxurious oil work their magic in aiding and completing this relaxing and warming treatment to soothe away the aches and pains of the day.
At the first session you will be asked health and lifestyle questions, and this will take approximately 20 minutes. Following treatments will check for changes in health etc and take no more than a few minutes. You will be asked to undress leaving your underwear on. You will lie on the treatment couch to start with on your back with towels and a blanket covering you. The warm basalt pillow and basalt stones are wrapped in towels under your neck and alongside your spine and small of the back. Once you are comfortable more basalt stones are placed on your abdomen, and neck. The Chakra stones are interspersed between these stones. More basalt stones are placed in the palms of your hands, soles of your feet and tucked between the toes. The massage will then begin with only the area of your body being worked on, uncovered at any given time. If the treatment is uncomfortable or you feel discomfort from the stones, you can ask to stop/adapt the treatment.
Once the arms, neck, face, shoulders arms, legs and feet on the front of the body have been stone massaged you will be assisted to turn around and your back, neck, shoulders arms, legs and feet are further massaged with warm stones and luxurious oil aiding and completing this relaxing and warming treatment. Soothing away the aches and pains of the day.
Some of the benefits of hot/cold stone massage
- Promotes relaxation
- Relaxes tense muscles
- Helps to aid sleep
- Improves circulation
Recommendations following massage:
- Drink plenty of water/non-caffeine fluids.
- Avoid alcohol & caffeine for at least 8-24 hours if possible.
- Eat a light diet
- Try and rest or follow some relaxation techniques.
Maintenance treatments are important to promote and maintain a state of relaxation in both our bodies and minds. Regular Hot/cold stone massage treatments can help to preserve your body’s general relaxation, health and positive well-being. Although you can opt for a back, neck shoulder massage with the stones in between treatments which is shorter and almost as beneficial.