A hot stone massage is fairly new in popularity and is a therapy that can help many conditions and like many others, works well when complemented with other treatments.
During a hot stone massage, smooth, flat, heated stones are placed on specific body parts.
Where did hot stone massage originate? Many accounts in history confirm the Chinese used heated stones more than 2,000 years ago as a means of improving the function of internal organs. Similarly, there are records of stones used in folklore and religious ceremonies, intending to heal ailments in regions as diverse as the Americas, Africa, Europe, Egypt and India.
The use of heated stones in massage was reborn with the introduction of LaStone Therapy, created by Mary Nelson in 1993. Hot stone massage has increased massively in popularity since then.
How hot should your stones be? Good question. Your hot stone therapist will warm the stones in water until they are within the precise temperature range of 120 and 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Basalt is the ideal material for hot stones for massage. They are made up of volcanic rock (high silica and iron content)which makes them hold heat longer than most stones.
To prevent burns, there should always be a barrier between the hot massage stones and your skin. So you can choose your favourite oil and let your therapist give you a deep, penetrating massage; the stones will heat the skin, which will open the pores and prepare the skin to absorb the massage oils. This increases the benefits any given oil will provide. A hot stone massage is used to help you relax and ease tense muscles and damaged soft tissues throughout your body.
Your therapist may place the stones, along your spine, on your stomach, on your chest, on your face, your palms and feet and toes.
Massage therapists may hold heated stones as they massage your body using Swedish massage techniques.
Combining hot stone protocols with a Swedish-style full-body massage provides a healing and relaxing experience. The hot stones will expand your blood vessels, encouraging blood flow. Hot stones also have a sedative effect that can relieve chronic pain, reduce stress and promote deep relaxation, which we all need.
When you have your treatment be sure to speak up if the stones are too warm or the pressure is too much for you. You should never be uncomfortable during any massage treatment. If your therapist has been properly trained, you will have a deeply relaxing and stress-reducing experience.
You can learn how to do hot stone massage at the London School of Massage, and then you can treat your partner like a King or Queen
A quick search online will show up a whole host of stones you can buy online, or if you want to be pampered, you will find many options in London here. We hope this information has helped give you an insight into hot stone massage in London.