Hot stone therapy, also called Thermotherapy or stone therapy, is a form of massage treatment in which hot smooth basalt stones are applied to the muscles in varying shapes and sizes. Incorporating hot stone massage with massage techniques such as deep tissue or Swedish relaxation promotes relaxation, relieves sore muscles, chronic or stress-related conditions and soothes trigger points. This form of massage can be both deeply relaxing and therapeutic. Experiencing deep relaxation has the following benefits:
- ease tight muscles
- stress reduction
- improves circulation
- stimulates the lymphatic system
- soothes and balances the nervous system
Muscles are relieved without painful deep tissue work as the heat penetrates the areas needing release.
HISTORY AND NATURE OF BASALT STONES
As mentioned earlier, the stones used in a hot stone therapy are called basalt stones and they are made from igneous rock formed by volcanic and sedimentary geological action. Basalt, the most common of volcanic rocks, can be found in volcanoes or mid-ocean ridge. Volcanic basalt is often made up of Olivine (iron-magnesium silicate) and is a black/green stone. The stone is fine grained and is very dense and heavy with a hardness of 7 on the Moh’s scale of 1 – 10 (a diamond being a 10). Their smooth shapes and sizes are caused by erosion and tumbling in oceans or rivers making them a suitable tool for massage work.
WHEN TO TRY A HOT STONE THERAPY?
This form of therapy is especially effective when you experience:
- tension – mild to chronic
- stiff and aching muscles
- menstrual cramps
- low immunity system
- poor circulation
- poor sleeping condition
WHEN TO AVOID HOT STONE THERAPY?
- During pregnancy
- High blood pressure
- Varicose veins
- Acute/contagious infections
- Severe heart condition
- Heat rash or sunburn condition
- Acute diabetes
- Severe menopausal condition (hot flashes)
- Acute eczema (skin condition)
- Acute cystitis (bladder)
- Currently taking hormone anti-depressants
Always consult your physician if you are unsure of your current condition(s) or symptom(s) before getting a hot stone therapy.
You have probably seen a picture or a poster of a hot stone therapy multiple times, but have you ever wondered what it actually feels like? Our therapists at Unique Health & Wellness Inc. are among the best in Edmonton, and we are here to serve you. If would like to book a hot stone massage or have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at 780-938-8623 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here for you!