One of the fastest rising styles of massage is the hot stone massage. If it’s your first time to hear about it, you may be wondering what it’s all about. It may be hard to imagine how hot stones can be used in a massage. Here are some other things you should know but may not know about hot stone massage.
1. What is a hot stone massage?
Hot stone massage is a variation of the classic massage therapy in which water treated and heated stones mostly basalt stones are placed in key points of the body called energy centers to prepare the body for deep tissue manipulation and promote relaxation.
2. Why are basalt stones used?
Basalt stones which are black volcanic rocks rich in iron have innate ability to absorb and retain heat that can be used to relieve stress and tension in muscles and enhance circulation.
3. What are the benefits of getting a hot stone massage?
The positive effects of a hot stone massage are countless. On the physical aspect of the body, it does wonders in muscle and deep tissue relaxation, relieves tension, stress and pain such as back aches and muscular pain, improves circulation, and releases harmful toxins. Mental benefits on the other hand include calming of the psyche, giving peace of mind, reducing anxiety and depression. It is also used to treat some medical conditions like Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Insomnia and some circulatory problems.
4. Who invented hot stone massage?
Mary Hannigan, from Tucson, Arizona invented the hot stone massage in 1993. She calls her style the LaStone Therapy. It wasn’t long before this massage style proliferated. Now many massage and spa centers offer their own version of the hot stone therapy.
5. How long is a massage stone session?
A session of this type of massage usually takes 60 to 90 minutes long.
6. Who cannot take a hot stone massage?
Most people are free to get their hot stone massage. However, those who have infectious skin disease, rash, open wounds and those who are prone to blood clots are not allowed to have a hot stone massage. Those who just came out of surgery, chemotherapy or radiation are also advised to stay away from getting massages. Meanwhile, if you have a heart disease or if you’re pregnant, it’s very important to get your doctor’s approval before indulging in a massage. For pregnant women, it is a better idea to get a pregnancy massage from a certified massage therapist.
7.Is it compulsory to tip the massage therapist?
Tips are a nice way of saying that you like the massage that you got. In hotels or spas, a customary 15% to 20% tip will be appreciated by the massage therapist. However, if you are in a medical setting like a hospital or clinic, tipping is not the norm. If in doubt, don’t be afraid to ask. Aside from tipping, you can also show appreciation by recommending the massage therapist or the spa center to family and friends.
8. Does a hot stone massage require nudity?
Most hot stone massage clients are given massage while nude but if you’re not comfortable, you can always stay in your underwear.
9. How much does a hot stone massage cost?
Typically more expensive than Swedish massage, a session of hot stone massages ranges from $50 to $190.
There are plenty of information available about hot stone massage but nothing beats going through it yourself. The best way to get to know this massage is to try it and experience the relaxation and pleasure that no other massage can give.