The hot stone massage is a specialty massage where the therapist place smooth, flat, and heated rocks at key points on the body, either as an extension of their own hands or by placing them on the body when they massage other parts of the body.
The rocks used in the basalt stone massage, which has high heat retention qualities. The use of hot stones to cure dates back to ancient times, but it was not until Arizona massage therapist Mary Nelson introduces how hot stone massage technique, called LaStone Therapy, that the use of hot stones to massage introduces.
Why do people get a Hot Stone Massage?
Many people find the warmth of the hot stones to be comforting and get it for relaxation. The hot stone massage therapy is suitable for people who tend to feel chilly or who have cold feet. It is also suitable for people who have muscle tension but prefer a lighter massage.
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The heat relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist to work the muscles without using deep pressure. Before you arrive at the spa, the massage therapist sanitizes the stones and heats the water bath to a certain temperature.
The stones are usually made of basalt, a type of rock that is rich in iron, so they retain heat. River stones are usually used because they are so smooth – they have been smoothed over time by the river current.
You start massaging your face down, and the therapist works on your back. First, the therapist warms up the body with a traditional Swedish massage, then massage you while holding a heated stone.