Hot Stone Massage
Some people find the warmth of the hot stones to be comforting and get this type of massage for relaxation.
Hot Stone therapy has been used for over 2,000 years. Native American women used to place a warmed stone on their stomach during the menstrual cycle. Roman baths involved hot water and tables of hot and cold stones to lie on. Fasting Japanese priests would wear a sash in which 3 warm stones were placed to help slow down their digestive process. Ancient Chinese, Egyptians and American Indians all used stones for healing. Hot stone massage is suited to people who tend to feel chilly or who have cold feet. It's also suited for people who have muscle tension but prefer a lighter massage. The heat relaxes muscles, allowing the muscles without using deep pressure.
A hot stone massage involves the application of water-heated Basalt stones of various sizes to key points of the body, giving a deep massage and creating sensations of comfort and warmth. The direct heat relaxes muscles, allowing manipulation of a greater intensity than with regular massage and as the stones cool the therapist replaces them with hot stones again.
The Basalt stones used are a form of black volcanic rock which absorbs and retains heat well and enables a deeply soothing relaxing form of massage.
People also get hot stone massage for a variety of health conditions:
- Back pain and aches
- Poor circulation
- Stress, anxiety and tension
How Do the Stones Feel?
The hot stones are never rough. They are always flat and smooth. The hot stones used on the back are about the size of a large egg, only flat.
The stones are heated in an electrical heater that either provides a temperature reading or has an adjustable thermostat control.
Massage by Paula will always holds the stones first before touching them to your body, which ensures that the temperature will not be too hot. Everyone, however, has their own comfort range. Be sure to speak up if the stones are too hot for you.
What Can I Expect During my Hot Stone Massage?
Massage by Paula therapist begins by applying oil to the body, which allows the hot stones to glide smoothly along the muscles. You are lying face down, and the massage therapist often then uses the hot stones to massage the back.
After the hot stones have relaxed the muscles, the massage Massage by Paula therapist may put down the stones and use his or her hands to directly massage the skin.
The hot stones may then be placed back on to the body and left for a short period of time.
You are then asked to turn over onto your back. Massage by Paula therapist may place small hot stones between your toes or in the palm of your hand and repeats the sequence.
Don't eat a heavy meal before the massage.
A typical hot stone massage is between 60 and 90 minutes long.
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