The hot stone massage therapy is a form of body massage which uses heated stones. Although different types of stones can be used such as marble and semi precious stones, the most commonly used is basalt because it is the most effective. Basalt is a volcanic rock which is famous for its heat absorbing and retention properties.
These stones are heated and placed at specific parts of the body including the back, the face, the neck and in a full body massage, the legs and toes. One unique feature of these stones, regardless of which type of stone is used, is that they are smooth and flat with different dimensions. They is no standard size to the stones as they come in different sizes, depending on where they are going to be used. The stones that are use don the face and between the toes for instance are tiny stones, much smaller than those used at the back.
In addition to hot stones, some massage therapists use cold stones. These marble stones are hand cut for use in cold stone therapy.
Cold stone massage is a method of massage designed to bring clients stress relief and aid them in relaxation. This type of massage is also particularly effective at allowing the mind to release feelings of trauma and anxiety. Cold stone massage is often used to reduce swelling and inflammation, making it ideal for targeting sporting injuries. The cool stones, coupled with the soothing touch of a skilled massage therapist, helps to calm the body. Cold stones can also invigorate the body or have a cooling effect on hot days or for hot flashes. Chilled stone massage has also shown to be successful in aiding clients with sinus problems. Menstrual pain and bloating have also been alleviated with chilled stone massage.
While cold stone massage is an ancient form of massage, it wasn't until more recently that it came back into fashion.
While this form of massage is particularly soothing and effective, it's not meant for everyone. Clients with heart ailments, sensitivity to cold temperatures, and issues with skin inflammation should definitely avoid chilled stone massage therapy. Any client questioning whether or not this form of therapy is right for them should check with a doctor before receiving a treatment.
Another option is alternating hot and cold stones, a technique called contrast therapy. Contrast therapy takes advantage of the benefits of both heat and cold. The contrasting temperatures expand and constrict the blood vessels, stimulating blood flow and lymphatic drainage.