Hot stone massage is a relaxation treatment in which we use heated stones along with oil and massage. Hot stones originated from the Native Americans. They used to heat stones to help treat aching muscles. The treatment is popular in spas across the world and more and more people are deciding to go for the added benefit of stones to their massage. The treatment should be relaxing, slow, and work with a firm pressure. The hot stones are usually made of basalt, a type of rock that is rich in iron, so they retain heat. River rocks are normally used because they are so smooth – they have been smoothed over time by the river’s current.
The stones are heated in water and put into an electric heating device until they are within a certain temperature range. The stones may be placed at specific points on the back, in the palms of the hand, or between the toes.
When working with hot stones the most important thing to think about is what is underneath the stones. Think about the muscles and where their aches and pains are. As a therapist it is good to do breathing exercises both you and the client as it helps you both to relax so you can give the best massage possible.
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. You also may want to reconsider if you are menopausal, as it may trigger a hot flash.