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Hot Stone Massage

woman getting a hot stone massage at a day spa

Hot Stone Massage

This is a wonderful therapy as it works much deeper than a traditional massage. Hot Stone Massage consists of a full body massage with preheated basalt stones (volcanic stones that are known for their heat retaining properties) and application of warm stones to the body.

It is said that one stroke with the stones is equivalent to seven with the hands.

The Origins of Hot Stone Massage

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 Stone Therapy, which has a Native American spiritual component.

Some of the Benefits:

  • Stress and stress related problems – You will feel as if you are in a meditative state similar to having a long hot soak in a bath. It is so relaxing that your brain wave pattern slows down and you may feel a sensation of floating in a dream-like atmosphere.
  • Increase in circulation, cell metabolism and stimulation of the lymphatic system and detoxification.
  • Muscular aches and pains – the heat penetrates the tissues through the superficial muscles into the deep muscles to produce incredible relaxation.

Who Shouldn’t Get a 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 flash.