Hot Stone Massage
At the Bodywork Centre Hexham we offer Hot Stone Massages, find out more about our Hot Stone Massages
Overview of a
hot stone massage
The hallmark of hot stone massage is the use of the heated stones. Basalt river rocks are typically used because they are smooth (from the river's current) and retain heat well. In preparation for the treatment, the massage therapist heats the stones in a professional stone heater until they are within a precise temperature range, typically between 110 and 130 degrees Fahrenheit. (Stones that are too hot can cause burns.)
While massage therapists often use anatomy to guide the placement of the stones, some therapists will also place stones on points thought to energetically balance the mind and body. Swedish massage therapy techniques are typically used during the massage, which may include long strokes and kneading and rolling.
Benefits of a hot stone massage
People often describe hot stone massage as comforting and deeply relaxing. The warmth is soothing for people who tend to feel chilly.
The heat of the stones relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist to work deeper while using lighter pressure.
There is a lack of research on the benefits of hot stone massage. People often use hot stone massage for the following conditions:
What To expect
During the massage, the therapist places stones on specific points on the body. While the points may vary depending on the areas of muscle tension and the client's health history, the stones are generally placed in the following areas:
Along both sides of the spine
In the palms of your hand
On your legs, abdomen, feet
Small stones may be placed between the toes or on the forehead.
After the stones are placed on your body, it may take a few minutes for the heat to penetrate the sheet or towel so you can discern whether the stones are too hot.
The therapist applies massage oil to the skin. Holding stones in both hands, the therapist uses gliding movements to move the stones along the muscles. The therapist uses Swedish massage techniques on the back, legs, neck, and shoulders while the stones are in place or after they have been removed.
The length of a typical hot stone massage is between 60 and 90 minutes.
Laura Lee - Holistic Therapist
Rachel Donnelly - Holistic Therapist