Before the client arrives you need to heat the stones in a tank of warm water. Then we start the massage using the stones instead of our hands and mimicking Swedish techniques. We continually check with the client that the stones we are using are not too hot. The massage starts on the legs before we roll the client over and doing the front of the legs, arms, chest and neck.
Stone therapy is believed to have been derived from China more than 2000 years ago, although the modern use of hot stones is most commonly put down to La Stone therapy, a company started by Mary Nelson in 1993 which continues to be the base of most training for hot stone therapy in spas today.
Stone therapy is popular because it provides a deeper massage than other techniques. Unlike a normal Swedish massage the heat from the stones is effective in muscle relaxation which, in turn, allows us as therapists to work deeper into the muscles with less discomfort for the client. Stone therapy has also been linked to helping arthritis sufferers and people who suffer from fatigue.
As with any type of massage, when doing a stone treatment the environment the client is in will help further relaxation and effectiveness of the treatment. Soft lighting, music and the temperature of the room should be taken into consideration, especially during a hot stone treatment where you should ensure that the client is not too hot or too cold.
Massage aids the removal of waste toxins. This happens by encouraging the toxins to travel to the lymphatic nodes under the arms and in the groin area. Because of this we encourage clients to drink plenty of water post-treatment.
I would recommend the treatment for a client who is looking for a deep tissue massage and anyone who is suffering with muscle pain as the heat from the stones will help to ease tension.
Anyone with a high or low blood pressure should be cautious when having a massage as it will increase the flow of blood around the body. Any client with this condition should tell their therapist, especially if they begin to feel light headed or dizzy.
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