Hot Stone Massage

Chinese, Egyptians and Native Americans have used stone therapy to promote health and healing for centuries. In the practice of modern stone therapy, stones are placed on specific pressure points. Heated stones induce relaxation and cool stones reduce pain and swelling… The use of hot stones for healing dates back to ancient times, but it wasn’t until Arizona massage therapist Mary Nelson introduced her hot stone massage technique, called LaStone Therapy, that the use of hot stones for massage caught on.

How Does Hot Stone Massage Work?

The hot stones are usually made of basalt, a type of rock that is rich in iron, so they retain heat. River rocks are normally used because they are so smooth – they have been smoothed over time by the river’s current. The stones are immersed in water and heated in an electric heating device until they are within a certain temperature range. The stones may be placed at specific points on the back, in the palms of the hand, or between the toes. The heat warms and relaxes the muscles, which allows the therapist to apply deeper pressure, if desired. The warmth of the hot stones improves circulation and calms the nervous system. Some massage therapists place stones on points that are thought to be energy centers of the body to rebalance the body and mind.

Why Should I Get A Hot Stone Massage?

Many people find the soothing warmth of the smooth hot stones to be comforting and get it for relaxation. Hot stone massage is suited to people who tend to get chilly or who have cold feet. It’s also suited for people who have muscle tension but prefer a lighter massage without deep pressure. People also get hot stone massage for a variety of health conditions:

  • Back pain and aches
  • Poor circulation
  • Osteoarthritis and arthritis pain
  • Stress, anxiety and tension
  • Insomnia
  • Depression

90 Minute Massage: $90

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