The feel of the sun on your face, the comforting heat of the open fire, the warm bath relaxing your body after a long day. We all know how truly soothing heat can feel on our bodies. It is known to unwind the muscles, leading to a feeling of calm and relaxation. This makes hot stone massage the perfect way to relieve tension in the body.
What can you expect from your hot stone massage?
The stones we use are made from basalt; black volcanic rock which is smoothed by the river or the sea as they are particularly good at absorbing and retaining heat. A range of different shapes and sizes of stone are heated in a bath of hot water before you arrive for your treatment. We will place stones on specific points of the body to encourage blood flow and the relaxation of certain muscles. Some therapists believe that placing stones on energy ‘chakras’ help to balance the flow of energy around the body.
We will then massage with the stones, gliding them over the body and swapping them once they start to cool. We usually use a combination of stones and Swedish or deep tissue massage to really tailor the treatment to your individual needs. The heat is absorbed by the muscles, helping them to relax, easing tension and therefore, allowing us to work deeper if necessary. The treatment is perfect for anyone with particularly tight muscles or tension, anyone suffering from arthritis, or simply those who wish to experience a much deeper relaxation.
Due to the nature of the treatment, it is not suitable for anyone with diabetes, heart disease, uncontrolled high blood pressure, or anyone on medication that thins the blood. It is also unadvisable to have a hot stone massage if you are pregnant, or suffering from sunburn.