Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage is a specialty massage where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones, either as an extension of their own hands, or by placing them on the body while they massage other parts of the body. The heat can be both deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles so the therapist can work more deeply, more quickly.
The Origins of Hot Stone Massage
Hot stones warmed by fire were used by Native Americans to treat aching muscles, but the modern revival of hot stones in massage is generally credited to Mary Nelson, a native of Tucson, Arizona. She trademarked her style of hot stone massage, called LaStone Therapy, which has a Native American spiritual component. My training is very close to this and called “AromaStone Therapy”.
What Happens During a Hot Stone Massage?
Before you arrive, the stones are sanitized and heated in a bath of water. The stones themselves are usually basalt, a black volcanic rock that absorbs and retains heat well, and have been smoothed by natural forces in the river or sea.
You will start face down, with work commencing on your back. First, the body is massaged by transferring heat from the stones by hand and then you will be massaged with the heated stones directly. As the stones cool, they are replaced with another.
Many stones of various shapes and sizes are used -- big ones on the big muscles, smaller ones on smaller muscles. Heated stones are placed in specific points along your spine, in the palms of your hand, on your belly, to improve the flow of energy in your body. The stones themselves have an energetic charge and that needs to be maintained by placing them in a spiral pattern, placing them in a full moon periodically or in a thunderstorm to absorb energy.
Hot Stone massage is not appropriate if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or are on medication that thins your blood. You shouldn't get a hot stone massage if you are pregnant or have sunburn.
This treatment lasts 55 minutes – €60.00