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WHAT HAPPENS DURING A HOT STONE MASSAGE?

Posted on 16 July, 2015 at 5:25 Comments comments (0)

Before you arrive, the massage therapist sanitizes the stones and preheats them in a bath of 120 to 150 degrees of water. Then, the temperature of the water should be decreased to 60 degrees (the working temperature). The stones themselves are usually basalt, (a black volcanic rock that absorbs and retains heat well, and have been smoothed by natural forces in the river or sea).

Your treatment will probably start with the face up. First, the masseuse warms up the part of the body, wich will be treated, then massages you while holding heated stones. As the stones cool, they should be replaced with another. The therapist uses many stones of various shapes and sizes - big ones on the big muscles, smaller ones on smaller muscles.

Your masseuse might also leave heated stones in specific points along your spine, in the palms of your hand, on your belly, or even between your toes to improve the flow of energy in your body. Many therapists believe that the stones themselves have an energetic charge, that needs to be maintained by placing them in a spiral pattern, or placing them in a full moon periodically.

Be sure to speak up if the stones are too warm or the pressure too intense. And you can always ask your therapist to stop using the stones if you don't like how it feels.

 

HOT STONE MASSAGE. WHAT IS IT?

Posted on 16 July, 2015 at 5:20 Comments comments (0)

Hot Stone Massage is one of the most enjoyable and relaxing therapeutic massages available. For hundreds of years this amazing treatment has been used by many different cultures. Nowadays, therapists apply the same techniques for a wonderfully relaxing massage, designed to work on muscle tension at the deepest level.

 

THE ORIGIN. Hot stones warmed by fire were used by Native Americans to treat aching muscles, but the modern revival of hot stones in massage is generally credited to Mary Nelson, a native of Tucson, Arizona. She trademarked her style of Hot Stone Massage, called La Sone Therapy, which has a Native American spiritual component and requires training and certification.

HOW IT WORKS. Most spas offer their own versions of hot stone massage (they might call it lava stone massage, river rock massage, warm stone massage and so on.) A Hot Stone Massage, however, takes a lot of skill and sensitivity on the part of the therapist.

During this treatment, smooth, basaltic (volcanic) rocks, that have been heated in water are used in two ways - some stones are wrapped in towels and placed on specific energy centres along the body, to align and re-balance the body’s natural energy flow, whilst other stones are used by the therapist to perform the body massage.The heat of the stones penetrates deep into the muscle tissue, allowing the muscles to relax 4-5 times quicker than in a standard body massage, easing muscle tension and revitalising the muscle tissue by increasing blood circulation. The deep relaxation and increased blood flow to the areas being worked not only accelerates any healing processes but also creates a state of deep mental relaxation.

HOW TO GET A GREAT HOT STONE MASSAGE? Even a terrific massage therapist can be so-so at hot stone. The best suggestion for making sure you get a great Hot Stone Massage is to choose the therapist that has been well-trained and has made a serious investment in training. You can also ask where the therapist learned, and how long he or she has been doing it.

Always choose someone who is a specialist in Hot Stone Massage. Some massage therapists love doing this treatment, while others aren't so hot on it. This is also a treatment where you're counting on the salon and the therapist to be impeccable with sanitation, because those stones have been on someone else's body.

HOW MUCH DOES A HOT STONE MASSAGE COST? A Hot Stone Massage is more expensive than a basic Swedish massage, because it requires more preparation and clean-up and usually runs longer. An average typical Hot Stone Massage is $120-$150, but the price can go higher, especially at a resort or hotel spa.

 

SPECIFIC AFTER CARE FOR HOT STONE MASSAGE.

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Hot Stone therapy can induce very deep states of relaxation and therefore the recovery period can be more pronounced.

Who shouldn't get Hot Stone Massage?

Hot Stone massage is not appropriate if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or are on medication that thins your blood. You shouldn't get a hot stone massage if you are pregnant or have sunburn. You also may want to reconsider if you are menopausal, as it may trigger a hot flush.

Generally clients should avoid hot stone therapy if they've got any cold or flu symptoms. However, client's who are recovering from a cold could be treated and therefore they need to know that the treatment will draw the cold symptoms. In this case it may make them feel worse for a few days.

Adverse reactions!

Sleepiness after the treatment is quite normal, as the heated stones are lowering your blood pressure. Increased urination or flu-like symptoms (runny nose, coughing) may be experienced, but these will be temporary as the body re-balances itself. You might also feel emotional and it’s quite natural to feel tearful. In some cases headaches may follow. A response like that is nothing to worry about and is the result of the massage encouraging the body systems to function more efficiently, speeding up waste removal and the elimination of toxins.

So, Don’t worry! All of these symptoms will be replaced by a feeling of well being!

 

In order to gain maximum benefit from your treatment, it is advisable as a part of your aftercare routine, that you follow these steps over the next 24 hours:

 

- Being unable to move and think clearly after having a Hot Stone Massage is a sign of mild heat exhaustion and dehydration. Before you go home - cool down. This is important! People should NOT get off a table after a stone treatment and think all they can manage is to go have a lie down.Take your time, don’t rush and have plenty of water.

- Do not shower or bathe after the treatment for at least 6-8 hours. The essential oils used need to penetrate the skin in order to be absorbed into the system to achieve optimum results.

- Avoid sauna and steam rooms.

- If it is possible, avoid using machinery or driving.

- Avoid direct exposure to strong sunlight, and do not use sun beds following the use of any oils.

- Try to avoid any strenuous exercise. Rest and allow your body to heal from within.

- Avoid heavy meals.

- Hot stone massage has a very detoxifying effect on the body. You can encourage this process and help flush out toxins not only by drinking plenty of water, but by avoiding caffeine, nicotine and alcohol. If possible, drink herbal infusions. Aim to drink two glasses of water after each drink of tea or coffee.

 

 

Benefits of Hot Stone Massage

Posted on 15 July, 2015 at 6:25 Comments comments (0)

This is one of the best ways to take a break and is seen by a lot of people not as a luxury but as a necessity to maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

Here are the top 10 benefits of hot stone massage:

1. Managing stress! Whether it's stress from work, home or daily activities, the result is the same: too much stress can lead to health problems. And because we can never run away from it, the only way to deal with it is to manage stress efficiently.2. Effective in muscle relaxation. The heat in the stones is effective in enabling the muscles to loosen up and relax. This makes it easier for deep tissue manipulation.

3. Improves health conditions. More and more doctors are beginning to recommend this therapy as part of medical treatment for a lot of health problems such as Arthritis, Fibromylagia, Hypertension and musculoskeletal problems.

4. Allows better sleep. It's really hard to get a good quality sleep when you're over fatigued. With the relaxation you get from this therapy, it makes it easier for you to doze off into a deep sleep which your body needs. This is why people who have Insomnia are often advised to get this therapy.

5. Relieves pain. Manipulation of muscles can significantly reduce muscle spasm and give comfort to painful muscles so those who suffer from back pains or muscle aches often go for this therapy.

6. Improves blood circulation and flow of energy. The stones are placed on key points of your body known as energy centers which are sometimes clogged or blocked.

7. Allows for easy rehabilitation. Massage can facilitate easy recovery from injuries such as sprains.

8. Releases toxins from your body. This is why, it's advised that clients drink plenty of water after a session to help flush out those unhealthy and unwanted toxins.9. Satisfies human longing for touch. It's only human to crave for hugs and affection. But since our loved ones are not always within a hug's reach, having a hot stone massage is a good alternative to suffice this need.

10. Gives you a happy feeling. A calming and soothing massage can do wonders in giving you an emotional boost, leaving you with a happier and more positive outlook in life.

Take a break from work and from life, because this is truly a necessity! You don't need to fly and have a vacation once a week. Just being able to give yourself some time to unwind and relax is a healthy habit.