What is Hot Stone Therapy?
Hot Stone Therapy is classified as a geo-thermo-hydrotherapy. This means that it involves the therapeutic use of stones that are heated in water. Similarly, the stones can also be cooled and used specifically for Cold Stone Therapy. These designations are governed but the same principles of Hydrotherapy.
Therefore, both Hot and Cold Stone Therapy combine massage with the application of heated or cooled stones which are either massaged over the body or placed upon specific areas of the body.
Effects of Heat Therapy
The application of heat to the body causes vasodilation. This means the blood vessels expand and dilate. As a result, there will be increased sweating and metabolism, as well as relaxation to the muscle tissues.
Benefits of Hot Stone Therapy
- Increases circulation
- Improves lymphatic circulation
- Decreases back/shoulder/neck pain
- Decreases menstrual pain
- Decreases joint pain
- Decreases tension headaches
- Decreases sciatic pain
- Promotes increased well-being and vitality
- Promotes grounding due to the natural magnetic field inherent in the stones
- Reduces overall stress
Benefits of Cold Stone Therapy
This therapy can be used in conjunction with Hot Stone Therapy or used alone. It helps to:
- reduce any local swelling, inflammation or redness
- Heal acute injuries
- Decrease tension headaches
- Reduce sinus congestion
- Tone and stimulate the body
Properties of Jade Stones
The most common type of Jade used for massage is Jade Nephrite. Jade Stone Massage incorporates heated and cooled Jade stones that are either used for massage or placed upon the body. These stones have been cut into various shapes and sizes and then polished, providing a very smooth and silky feeling on the skin.
Traditionally, Jade has been used to attract love and bring money into your life. Jade is believed to heal stressed organs and discharge toxins. It slows the process of aging and strengthens the body’s natural defences and healing power. The soothing colour of Jade helps the body to heal.
A client may be experiencing an illness or condition that is contraindicated or that may require modifications to the treatment.
The following conditions require that the therapist proceed using caution:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease or any heart condition
- Any surgery where nerves have been cut or altered resulting in a loss of sensation to the body
- Any skin condition aggravated by heat
- Any type of open lesion
- Any circulatory problems, for example edema
- Decreased skin sensitivity to temperature (anesthesia)
- Any acute injury or inflammation (however, Cold Stone Therapy is safe)
- Anyone extremely overweight (due to the challenge on the heart)
- Clients on medications such as analgesics (pain-reducing), anti-asthmatics, anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants and anti-coagulants
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Any metal implants
- Varicose veins
- The elderly and young children
- Any autoimmune dysfunction
Is Stone Therapy covered by my insurance provider?
Please note that each insurance policy is different and cover different services, this service may not be covered under you plan, so please check before booking, as I cannot direct bill for this service. Please see my Investment page for options of treatments to include Stone Therapy as an add-on to your Therapeutic Massage.
Do I need to bring anything to my session?
The treatment can address your entire body. You can request a full body treatment or focus on a specific issue. Preparation is similar to that of a regular Swedish Therapeutic Massage, however, please be aware that this treatment may use more oil/medium to help the stones glide over your skin.
Taken from The Stone Massage Company