There are many variations of massages and techniques used. Hot stone massage has been one of the more popular services requested due to the elements of using heated stones. This type of massage can be more expensive than others, but it may be worth it.
Careful thought and consideration have gone into what type of stones would be best for this massage that will provide the greatest effect. The Basalt stone, which is a black volcanic rock that is smooth to the touch has been the preferred stone due to its ability to hold heat at longer periods of time. The smooth texture is naturally formed by the flowing river water.
These stones come in different sizes, and each size is used and placed strategically on different areas of the body such as between the toes, down the spine, or on the calf muscles. Having heated stones placed on certain areas of tense muscles allows the massage therapist to penetrate the tissue deeper to help relieve the aches and pains. In addition to relieving pain, hot stone massage improves circulation, calms the nervous system, and assists with relieving pain from arthritis.
Although receiving this massage is mostly beneficial, there are some people who shouldn’t participate:
- Pregnant women
- Recently sunburned
- Those taking blood thinners
- Those with high blood pressure