Frequent question: What type of stones are used for hot stone massage?

What stones are used in hot stone therapy?

Hot stone therapy is a specialist massage that uses smooth, flat, heated basalt stones that are positioned along your spine, in the palms of your hands, along your legs and between the toes. Typically from river beds, basalt stones are used for massage as they have a rich iron content that retains heat.

What stones can I use for massage?

Massage therapists usually make use of marble to administer cold stone massages. Slate and jade are other widely used metamorphic rocks that hold cold well and are easy to chill. Metamorphic rocks like marble need to be shaped and polished for therapists to be able to use them for massages.

What do you wear to a hot stone massage?

Dress comfortably. Avoid wearing many layers of clothing when you go for a massage. A hot stone therapy session will require you to be naked but you will be appropriately covered with a blanket during the session, exposing only a part of the body being treated at a time.

What is hot stone therapy called?

The stone massage is a form of alternative medicine massage therapy and bodywork involving the placement of a number of either heated or cooled stones to the body for the purpose of pain relief, relaxation and therapy.

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What are the benefits of a hot stone massage?

Here are some advantages of getting a hot stone massage:

  • Helps relieve muscle tension and pain. Heat has long been used to ease muscle tension and pain. …
  • Reduces stress and anxiety. …
  • Promotes sleep. …
  • May help relieve symptoms of autoimmune diseases. …
  • May help decrease cancer symptoms. …
  • May boost immunity.

Is hot stone massage better than deep tissue?

Deep tissue massage is used for our clients to treat chronic pain and limited range of motion; improve posture, balance and movement; and help our athletes train. Hot stone massage is used for the same reasons you would use a heating pad, to relieve the tension of your muscles by the use of heat.

What stones hold heat best?

Natural stones with high energy density and excellent thermal conductivity are soapstone (by far the best) and marble. These are perhaps the best stones for absorbing large amounts of heat quickly.

Can you boil hot stones?

A stone heated to 120° F can be the perfect hand warmer on winter campouts and hunts, and a stone heated to several hundred degrees can actually boil your drinking water and cook your food.

Can you put hot stones in a towel warmer?

Many spas utilize towel warmers to heat massage stones. While it is a professional unit for warming towels, it does not provide a way for a massage therapist or esthetician to effectively monitor the temperature of the massage stones.