Hot stone massage therapy is one of the oldest therapies in the world which has been dated back more than 5000 years. The roots of it can be found in many different cultures such as Indian Ayurveda, Native American cultures, Hawaiian culture, and many others. It’s well known for its unique and excellent effect on the human body by facilitating its ability for self-healing with the application of heated basalt and/or marble stones.
During a session, the practitioner makes applications of stones on different parts of the body, such as the back, legs, stomach, palms, between toes and fingers, neck, face, chest. The usual temperature for the stones is between 120-140F. As an alternative, cold stones can be also used for applications. This is called Cold Stone therapy when the stone is placed in ice-cold water. The therapist can move stones on the areas with oil or lotion, massaging them, or just place and leave them for a while letting the body adapt to the heat/cold and react on them.
Both, hot and cold applications have their purpose and bring the following benefits to the treated area:
Hot Stone Therapy improves back/shoulder/neck muscles pain and/or tension, lymphatic, and blood circulations, decrease menstrual, joints pain, decreases tension headaches, sciatic pain, reduces stress level and anxiety, helps with sleep issues, calming down Nervous System. It promotes a feeling of overall well-being and it helps with grounding and centering in relation to the Earth's high magnetic field.
Cold Stone Therapy is very beneficial in reducing local inflammation, swelling, pain in acute injuries, tension headaches, sinus congestion.
The treatment usually lasts 30 minutes to an hour. Before the treatment starts the client is usually asked to fill in the health history form and sign the consent form for treatment.
Generally, it is a very pleasant and safe therapy. However, sometimes, you may feel sore the next day after the treatment. This may be due to deep tissue manipulation and pressure. To make sure you are getting the safest treatment always use the services of a trained/ certified massage therapist. If you are uncomfortable or experience pain during your massage, let your massage therapist know right away.
Please consult your physician first and get approval for treatment if you are pregnant, have diabetes, cancer, hypertension, arthritis, kidney disease, heart failure, varicose veins, multiple sclerosis, if you are using anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxants, or analgesics.
This therapy is contraindicated with any of the following conditions: acute appendicitis, diabetic coma, diabetes with complications such as gangrene, advanced heart or kidney disease, unstable blood pressure, acute pneumonia, fever, hemophilia, severe hypertension, contagious or infectious diseases. Local contraindications: acute flare-ups of inflammatory arthritis or inflammation of nerves, lost sensations, acute surgeries, any open lesion, recent burns or frostbites, metal implants, any skin condition aggravated by heat.