Hot Stone Massage is a specialty massage where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones, either as an extension of their own hands, or by placing them on the body while they massage other parts of the body. The heat can be both deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles so the therapist can work more deeply and more quickly.
What Happens During a Hot Stone Massage?
Before you arrive, the massage therapist sanitizes the stones and heats them in Hot Stone Tank of 120 to 150 degree water. The stones themselves are Black Basalt Stones that absorbs and retains heat, and have been smoothed by natural forces in the river or sea.
You usually start face down, with the therapist working on your back. First, the therapist warms up the body with traditional Swedish Massage strokes, then massages you while holding heated stones. As the stone cools, the therapist replaces it with another. The therapist uses many stones of various shapes and sizes — big ones on the big muscles, smaller ones on smaller muscles.
The therapist might also leave heated stones in specific points along your spine, in the palms of your hand, on your belly, or even between your toes to improve the flow of energy in your body.
The Therapist will always ask you if the temperature and pressure is ok for you BUT you should always feel free to speak to the therapist if the stones are too warm or the pressure too much for you.
Hot Stones are a very powerful massage tool, the stones give you the ability to penetrate deeper than is possible with a human hand. One massage stroke with a stone is usually equivalent to five with the hand.
Known as a Cardio Vascular work out for the circulatory system, Hot Stone Massage works the body in a similar way to doing a two hour high impact work out in the Gym. For those not capable of exercise, a Hot Stone treatment provides them with the perfect solution, working tissues, loosening muscles, increasing blood circulation and eliminating waste products.
Hot Stone Massage is often called the ‘Detox Massage’ It works to clear the lymph nodes and drain the lymphatic fluid. The Lymphatic system, our waste disposal unit, has no pump, which means that any moment of inactivity can cause a build-up of lymph which needs stimulating in order to be eliminated. With the penetration of a hard stone being massaged deep into the layers of the Dermis, and the heat that comes from it, the Lymphatic System is stimulated into releasing waste material into the system.
A Hot Stone Full Body Massage uses different types of strokes that include:
Effleurage (long, gliding stokes)
Friction (cross fiber)
Traction (slight pulling of arms & legs)
Vibration/Shaking (benefits the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, lymphatic & nervous systems)
Trigger Point Tapping (to break down stubborn areas of tension and trauma. By tapping two stones together)
Treatments can last for 60 or 90 Minutes and include the whole of the body. The massage is performed with Almond Oil on a professional massage table. The client can decide if they want to be draped with towels or un-draped.
60 minute Hot Stone Full Body Massage: £50
90 minute Hot Stone Full Body Massage: £60