Hot Stone Therapy is a type of massage technique which involves the application of hot stones and has been around for centuries in many cultures, including Ancient Egyptian, Native American and Pacific Islanders. Each culture had their own special way of using hot stone therapy and has evolved over the years so that it can be used in main stream medical clinics and day spas.
Basalt is a mineral which is recommended for Hot Stone therapy and is a type of volcanic stone. They are smoothly sculptured in a way so that they can be used for various massage therapy techniques. The basalt stones are high in iron and magnesium allowing them to sustain heat for a longer period of time. The specific benefits of hot stone therapy allow the blood vessels to dilate, which increases oxygen and nutrients to the muscular/skeletal system. The thermal heat has an indirect effect on the muscles organs and nervous system giving the whole body and mind a deeply relaxing experience.
At KS Remedial Massage Services we recommend you book in for a 90 minute session to really experience the total benefits. The stones will be immersed in a hot water environment and will be heated to a desired temperature. Your therapist will apply oil to your body and begin massaging with the hot stones, as well as placing them on different parts of your body. Your therapist will place the stones in their hands first before applying to your skin to ensure they are at a desired temperature. Please advise your therapist if the heat is uncomfortable as each individual has different tolerant levels.
Once the temperature of the stones have cooled, your therapist will begin to massage the muscles as they will be warm and very pliable allowing your therapist to work deeper into the muscular tissue. High quality Young Living oils will be applied during your session as well as a hot towel wipe down. Hot Stone massage is for those who really want a complete relaxing indulgent, pampering experience.
Some of the benefits include :
- Reduction in muscular aches and pains
- A deep sense of relaxation from the application of thermal heat
- Assists in relieving symptoms of depression and anxiety
- Improves lymphatic flow and blood circulation
- Assists in prevention of sporting injuries by keeping muscles supple and pliable
- Assists in alleviating Osteoarthritis and arthritic pain
After your hot stone treatment it is recommended that you :
- Drink 2-3 glasses of water
- Allow some time to rest and rebalance following treatment
- Eat only a light meal
- Avoid a hot bath or hot shower