Photo by Jamu Massage International.
In the past, Native Americans used to heat up stones using fire to treat aching muscles and this was eventually turned into a massage in the modern days after Mary Nelson of Tuscon, Arizona trademarked her own style of hot stone massage, also know as LaStone Therapy which requires training and certification.
Hot Stone massage can be easily found in spas as one of their treatments and each of them has their versions of the massage evolving throughout the years.
How does these stones look like ?
Most of the spa uses smooth, heated stones which its main component are usually made up of basalt, a black volcanic rock but of course there are some other spas that uses rocks with unique properties that is beneficial to the body.
How hot stone massage works ?
The therapist will first heat up the stone and placed it over the critical parts of the body while he/she does massage works. The stones will then be removed and shifted to another location while he/she worked on the previous points which the hot stones were at. The heat released from the hot stone helps to relax the muscles while at the same time helps the therapist to work on a more deeply massage.
However, do not expect that different spa and therapist would produce the same kind of effect. everything boils down to the stones which they are using and the experience of the therapist. Without a proper training or experience, placing the hot stones wrong place at the wrong time will cause you discomfort throughout the treatment sessions.
Who is not suitable for hot stone massage ?
You might not be appropriate to have hot stone massage if you have the following:
- High blood pressure
- Heart Disease
- Medication that affects blood circulation.