The hot rocks I use during your hot stone massage are basalt rocks – volcanic rock – gathered from a river bed where they were smoothed by running water. Their high mineral content means they have excellent heat retention properties (iron) and are an effective muscle relaxant (magnesium).
The rocks are heated in a special hot stone heater which has a more sensitive temperature range than the ‘slow cooker’ it looks like.
Do they do anything besides feel nice?
Where relaxation is one of the goals of a massage therapy session, the hot rocks used in a hot stone massage certainly add another layer. They feel quite lovely when used correctly, and their heat reduces muscle tension, encouraging the whole body to relax, while calming the mind. Those feel good hormones, endorphins, are released into your body, aiding to that whole ‘floaty’ feel.
And of course, any massage assists in stress relief and improves sleep patterns, as well as increasing lymphatic flow to remove toxins.
The mineral content of the rocks also lends another aspect to their healing properties. They transmit energy and as such can dissolve energetic blockages in your body. They can neutralise negative energies and restore harmony.
How are they used?
Hot stones can be used as placement stones. That is, certain shapes and sizes of stones were chosen to be placed on different areas of the body (usually with a sheet or towel between them and the skin). They warm up the muscles that are then massaged.
The massage therapist then uses the stones as a tool, by gliding the warmed, oiled stone along your skin. Sometimes they are used to massage specific muscles, and to warm general areas.
A trained massage therapist knows the right temperature of a stone before it makes contact with your skin. If it is too hot for them to hold, then it certainly shouldn’t be going near your skin! If, however, you find the stone too hot, please do tell your massage therapist right away.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]
I look forward to welcoming you to Moondance Wellbeing, a place where you can feel totally taken care of. Book online or contact me to talk about the massage therapy and reflexology services offered and if you’ve never had one, why not try a Hot Stone Massage?