Hot Stone Massage involves the use of water-heated basalt stones of varying sizes in combination with Swedish massage techniques.
The heat of the stones helps muscles relax more quickly than in traditional massage, allowing manipulation of a greater intensity. Hot stone massage originates in ancient Asian medicine and more specifically in the healing tradition of Ayurveda, Indians being the first to use this relaxation technique for relieving muscle tension, stimulating digestion and easing pain.
However, the modern massage technique using warmed stones is attributed to Native Americans, the Arizona therapist Mary Nelson being the one to introduce this procedure within the United States. Known as LaStone, the method trademarked by Nelson became popular very quickly not only among Americans but also in Europe, therapists all over the world developing their own versions of massage using heated stones.
Despite some minor differences, all these techniques have one point in common: they all aim to relax, revitalize and restore balance by acting directly on energy centers in the back, palms and feet and opening up energy channels.
The benefits of Hot stone massage
Healing improvement occurs in clients who suffer from the following conditions:
- Muscular aches, pains, sprains and strains
- Poor circulation
- Rheumatic and arthritic conditions
- Back pain
- Stress, anxiety and tension
What is involved in Hot Stone Massage?
As well as having practical applications, this massage is a real treat. After a brief consultation, you’ll be asked to remove your clothing, leaving your underwear on. You’ll be given a large towel to wrap around yourself. Once you get on the massage table you have nothing more to do except relax. The basalt stones are then placed on different parts of the body and are also used to massage with.
A hot stone massage costs €60. A Hot Stone massage takes a bit more preparation and this is the reason for it costing a little more than a normal massage; but it is worth every penny!