Hot Stone Massage
A hot stone massage is a technique that uses smooth, heated stones to massage and alleviates the aches and pains in your body. The hot stones can be placed on key areas of your body, allowing the warmth to target specific muscle zones. Your massage therapist may also massage your body by placing the stones in their palms as they work.
The Benefits of Hot Stone Massage
The Power of Heat
Many people choose hot stone massage for the physical benefits and the deep relaxation the treatment offers. Applying heat to tense and sore muscles helps soften the body and relieve tension. When your body and mind are at ease, the movement of hot stones over your muscles stimulates deeper healing.
Why Use Stones?
The penetrating heat and weight of massage stones help your muscles release tension so your massage therapist can work deeper into your muscles more effectively. Your massage therapist will use a combination of stone placement on key zones and gentle to firm massage technique with the stones in their palms for additional pressure.
Basalt is a type of igneous rock usually found in mountain regions. Basalt stones are sourced for massage purposes because of their naturally flat, smooth shapes. Pieces of basalt find their way into rivers, streams, and oceans, where the power of water weathers and smoothes the surface of the stones. Our clinic uses a special massage stone warmer to heat the stones to the perfect temperature safely.
What Is Hot Stone Massage?
How the Treatment Works
Your massage therapist will carefully warm up the smooth, flat massage stones before your appointment begins. Once they reach the ideal temperature, your registered massage therapist will place the stone in strategic places on your body to warm up and loosen your muscle zones. Your massage therapist will also place the stones in the palms of their hands and use them to massage your body, providing additional pressure and deep tension relief.
During the Appointment
Your massage therapist may use a variety of massage motions using the stones, including long strokes, circular motions, tapping, and kneading. Depending on your level of tension and sensitivity, your massage therapist will adapt and tailor the therapy. We always encourage our clients to give feedback during the appointment regarding their comfort level and desired pressure.
Reduce Stress and Anxiety
Many cultures throughout history have used hot stones to help their minds and bodies relax. It is a practice that continues to be a popular de-stressor around the world. In hot stone massage therapy, the combination of heat, massage, and a soothing environment stimulates blood flow leading to a deep sense of serenity. Many clients choose hot stone massage because it reduces their stress and anxiety.
Hot Stone Massage in St. Albert
Relieve Muscle Pain
Hot stone massage relaxes your body and stimulates blood flow throughout your limbs. This increase in circulation helps to reduce aches and pains deep in your muscle tissues and promotes faster healing of tension and injuries.
Reduce Anxiety and Sleep Better
The combination of hot stones on your body and soothing massage motions creates deep focus. The relief from muscle pain and increased circulation also help lower stress hormones in the body, reducing feelings of anxiety.
Boost Your Immune System
Massage therapy improves blood flow in the body to help you slow down, take deep breaths, and feel less stressed. Massage therapies have also been shown to boost our immune systems and possibly improve blood pressure.
What You Should Know Before You Book an Appointment
Placement of Hot Stones
Hot stone massage therapy works by combining heat therapy and massage techniques to relieve muscle tension. During your appointment, your massage therapist may place the heated stones along your spine, stomach, chest, face, palms, or feet to allow the heat to sink into your trigger points. This placement increases relaxation and makes the muscles more receptive to massage treatment.
Benefits of Heat Therapy
You can apply a hot compress or a heating pad to your aches and pains for soothing relief when you’re at home. The heat helps tight muscles loosen up by stimulating blood flow, reducing aches and pains. Less pain and tension allows your muscles to heal faster. We suggest booking a hot stone massage or an infrared sauna appointment to provide stronger relief for your muscles.
Benefits of Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage combines the benefits of heat therapy and the alleviating effects of massage to provide deep pain relief. The movement of hot stones along your body creates a deep sense of overall enjoyment. Your massage therapist will adapt their techniques from deep tissue massage to relaxation massage, depending on your preference and amount of tension. After your appointment, you’ll feel calm and serene.
Safety and Risks
A hot stone massage is a safe procedure performed by registered massage therapists. However, it is not advised for anyone pregnant. It’s always best to consult with your physician if you’re unsure whether a hot stone massage is right for you. There are certain health conditions or circumstances that are not suited for massage therapy in general, including anyone with:
- An open wound
- A fractured or broken bone
- Blood-thinning medication
If you’re making your first appointment for a hot stone massage, we welcome any questions about the process and whether it is right for you.
Hot Stone Massage FAQs
How are the stones heated?
Our massage therapists use a specialized massage stone heater to heat the stones. If this is your first hot stone massage with us, your massage therapist will check with you to determine what temperature you are comfortable with before beginning the session. Each individual has a different heat tolerance, and your comfort is our priority.
Is hot stone massage safe?
Yes, hot stone massage is a safe treatment when performed by registered massage therapists. The hot stones are always handled with care. Your registered massage therapist will ensure your skin is protected from the full heat of the hot stones, possibly by placing a sheet between the stones and your skin before performing a massage with them.
Who can get a hot stone massage?
A hot stone massage is a safe procedure suitable for most people. There are some conditions that are not suited for massage treatment, and it is always best to consult with your physician if you have a specific health concern. You will be required to complete a consent form prior to your appointment. If you have any additional questions about hot stone massage, we are always happy to help.
Enjoy the Benefits of Hot Stone Massage
If you need deep relaxation and relief from tight muscles or stress, then a hot stone massage is an excellent treatment for you. Our calm and inviting clinic in St. Albert awaits, offering you a break from daily life and a bit of uninterrupted you-time. Experience the comfort and serenity of a hot stone massage today.