The hot stone massage consists of, the therapist using flat black basalt stones, a type of volcanic rock which safely holds the heat without cracking and releases it at a more controlled and even rate. The heat from the rocks is very efficient at delivering heat to the soft tissue of the body and relieving stiff aching joints by delivery of heat. We then make use of the heat in your muscles by applying firm, flowing strokes to your body. By using heat on a client, it assists them in relaxing a lot more because the body becomes more comfortable when it is subjected to warm temperatures, especially in the colder months.
- Where you expect the hot stones to be placed on the body.
In a basic hot stone massage, the Stones themselves don’t get placed stationary on the skin when first coming out of the heater. This is because, well they’re hot, and it’s our job not to burn you! In the case of stones fresh out of the hot stone heater, your therapist uses the stone to warm up the tissues in fast, flowing strokes. Then when the stone has cooled down more they are able to be placed in a stationary position on the skin.
- Stock images depicting hot stone massage
We’re constantly shown images of hot stones placed in the centre of a back or as we call it; ‘Stones on bones.’ Can you imagine a heavy stone just sitting on your pointy bones, without you feeling some kind discomfort? Not mention If the therapist were to just drop the stones on this sensitive area without placing them gently, it would be hard to deny that it would be sore. The best way to place a stone would be on either side of the spine on the muscles, which feels a lot better on the back.
- Hot Stone Massage is a set routine.
Keep in mind that as we are all different, so are treatments. Different spas or clinics and the variety of therapists’ within them could use different massage techniques or spend time in one area of the body longer than others.