You know, a spa day isn’t just about pampering and pretty nails (although we like that part too) – spas have been used across the ages to help keep the body happy and healthy for men as well as women. So whether it’s pounding away on the treadmill, or racing around a sports field, Talia Coles, Spa Manager at The Crown Plaza Colchester – Five Lakes, explains why a Hot Stone Massage is a great option to really iron out some of those niggles and knots.
What is it?
It’s a full body massage that incorporates the use of very smooth, hot stones which allow warmth to penetrate into the muscles as well as a much firmer massage than usual. The stones are also placed on different chakra points of the body to aid relaxation.
Where did it come from?
Using hot stones in massage is something of an ancient art form that has been used in healing all over the world. It has become extremely popular in the UK over the past two years, and in fact, we introduced it because so many people were requesting it!
Why does it work?
The basalt lava stones are volcanic in origin, and are rich in minerals as well as conducting heat so they are nice and warm when they are placed on your back. The heat gets into your muscles quickly and helps them to relax, while the positioning of the stones works to rebalance energy channels using the different chakra points. It combines lots of different cultural philosophies and is a holistic approach to massage.
Is there anything you do to help make the treatment more effective?
We light candles and turn the lights off before clients enter the room so that it’s a nice relaxing environment, but one of the most important factors is the oils. We use ESPA oils which have seven different scents for different moods. We ask clients if they want to feel relaxed or energised, or de-stressed after their massage, or if they want to use a detox oil or a muscle warming one for a real sports fan, and then they do a smell test with their eyes closed – the body is very clever at knowing what it needs and you will be drawn to the smell that is best for you.
Is there anything you recommend clients do post-treatment to get the most out of it?
Ideally they need to spend time in an environment that promotes relaxation and just chill out for a while. We don’t recommend you shower immediately as it’s best to let the oils work their magic, and drink lots of water. If you have used detox oils you shouldn’t drink alcohol for the rest of the day, and ideally stay away from tea and coffee as well.
Do you recommend the treatment for anyone in particular?
Hot stone massage is great for people who have stressful jobs and hectic schedules. Because of the more intense pressure it is also really good for men and for people who play a lot of sport. Lots of people don’t like the sensation of hands on their back or are quite ticklish, so it’s really good as an alternative type of massage because it feels completely different.
Is there anyone who should avoid hot stone massage?
It isn’t suitable for pregnant women or people with diabetes and if you have been seriously ill or had surgery recently it is best to talk to your therapist before booking the treatment, just to make sure. Of course, anyone who does not like deep pressure massages probably won’t like it either!
What other treatments do you recommend for men?
A lot of men avoid having facials because they are not sure what to expect, but a mini facial is a great introduction to it – especially as men are much more aware now of keeping their skin moisturised and in good condition. Let’s face it, most men’s feet aren’t terribly nice, so a little bit of attention to the feet (particularly if they play a lot of sport) would really make them feel relaxed – either a pedicure or reflexology, which isn’t too intrusive.
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