12 Nov Rejuvenate and Relax Your Tired Body with Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage involves the use of smooth stones that are heated and then glided slowly over your skin. Warm massage oil or gel is also used for a deep and relaxing massage treatment. The heated stones are used as an extension of the therapist’s hands or are placed on specific body locations while the therapist is massaging the other parts of your body.
The heat from the stone relaxes the body and warms tight muscles so the therapist can provide a deeper massage quickly.
1. A Brief History
The Native Americans have long been using stones heated by fire to treat aching muscles. Although, the modern hot stone use in massage is credited to Mary Nelson of Tucson, Arizona. LaStone therapy is trademarked style of hot stone massage therapy.
This type of massage can be very relaxing but it depends on the sensitivity of the therapist and how well the therapist was trained. The use of quality stones and proper massage techniques are among the secrets to a successful massage therapy session.
1. How Does It Work
Before the session starts, the stones are sanitized by bathing them in 120 to 150 degrees hot water. The stones used are black volcanic rocks (basalt) that are great when it comes to absorbing and retaining heat. These black stones were smoothed through time by natural forces in the sea or river.
The session starts with your face down while the therapist works on your back. Your body will then be warmed up by a Swedish massage as the therapist works on your back using the heated stone. The therapist will then replace the stone as it cools. Stones of various shapes and sizes are used.
The heated stones might also be placed on specific trigger points on your spine, on your palms, your belly and between your toes for a more improved energy flow through your body. The heat from the stones causes the body to relax thus allowing for deeper pressure to be applied if you desire. The warmth produced by the heated stones allows the nervous system to calm and improves circulation.
1. Benefits of Hot Stone Massage
The warmth from the heated stones also provides the body with comfort and relaxation. This kind of massage is also great if you get cold feet and tend to get chilly. It is also good for various health conditions such as: back aches and back pains, poor circulation, pain due to arthritis, osteoarthritis, anxiety, tension and stress as well as insomnia and depression.
1. How much Does a Hot Stone Massage Costs
If you are having your massage at major cities, this type of massage typically starts at around $90 up to $130 depending on the type of spa that you go to (day spa, resort spa, destination spa).
If you are in Tampa, you can get quality and affordable massage for only $64.95 per hour, $94.95 for 1 hour and a half and $129.95 for two hours. Enjoy the relaxing and rejuvenating benefits of hot stone massage at a very reasonable price.