Hot stone massage, what is it all about and what to expect from it.
What is hot stone massage?
This type of massage uses oil and warm basalt stones to relax muscles. Some massage therapists will also combine the use of cold stones too as a contrasting treatment to aid soothing muscles. It is said that a single massage stroke using a stone is equivalent to up to 7 strokes using a hand.
Hot stone massage may help to alieviate muscular tension alongside everyday tension and stress. It can be a deeply relaxing treatment, which may aid sleep and a general sense of wellbeing.
What to expect
Hot stone massage techniques may involve a variety of strokes and techniques, using both the hands and the stones, to relax the muscles. The heat aids this relaxation process, especially on cold days!
Different types of hot stone massage
There are a number of different types of hot stone massage that you may have come across.
LaStone hot stone massage is a branded form of hot stone massage that is often used in spa settings.
Other names include river rock massage, lava stone massage, warm stone massage and lava shell massage. Lava shell massage involves the use of clam shells that heat up and are used in massage.
Top tips for massage
Try to book massage sessions when you have time to relax, unwind and feel the benefits afterwards.
It is not a good idea to eat a heavy meal before massage or to drink alcohol before or after due to dehydration.
After treatment relax, unwind, drink plenty of water and enjoy a light meal, if you haven’t already eaten.
Inform your therapist if the stones are too warm for you or the pressure is too strong or gentle for you. It is important to us that you enjoy your experience as much as possible, so please speak to your therapist.
Your therapist will ask you what the reasons are for you seeking a hot stone treatment. They will also take a full history from you. Please share with them as much information as possible to make your experience the best yet. They will want to know what firmness of massage you like, what you wish to achieve with massage and how they are doing. Please help them, to help you.