What is hot stone massage?
Hot stone massage is massage technique where the therapists uses heated stones to apply massage to the body. Traditionally these stones are made from basalt, a type of volcanic rock. The stones are usually heated in a water bath but sometimes they may be placed in a heating bag, especially if the treatment is a mobile massage treatment. For more information regarding mobile massage treatments within the borough’s or Bexley, Greenwich and Lewisham please Contact me.
It is usual for the hot stones massage to begin with the placement of hot stones at various points of the body. To avoid burning the client the therapist will only apply placement stones throw a towel. It is important to let your therapist know if the temperature of these stones gets too much.
Like other forms of massage, massage oil is used in the application of the massage. If your therapist is an aromatherapist they may ask if you’d like an aromatherapy oil blend.
To begin with your therapist will use the stones to heat their hands and apply oil. This allows the stones to cool slightly so they can be applied to the skin and also allows the client to get used to the warmth. The stones will be introduced using gentle brushing strokes before moving onto more fluid and deeper strokes. Each time a new stone is introduced the therapist will follow this pattern
What is hot and cold stone massage?
Hot and cold stone massage is the use of hot stones (as above) combined with the use of cold marble stones. The therapist will introduce the cold stones in the same way as the hot stones. This may be particularly beneficial for sports injuries but also creates an invigorating contrast to the massage.