Add a whole new dimension to your massage therapy practice by using hot stone massage techniques. When you give a hot stone massage, you utilize a combination of heated massage
stones and massage to help your patients to relax, ease tense muscles and stiffness and reduce pain. Hot stone massages are particularly good for arthritis, autoimmune disorders and tension. Adding hot stones to your existing massage regimen is fairly easy and you won’t have to alter your technique too much.
Hot massage stones
Stones utilized in hot stone massages are usually basalt because they are able to maintain heat for long periods. Massage stones must be very smooth so that they don’t irritate the skin. You can prevent irritation by preparing the skin with massage oil. Before you start the massage, ensure that the stones are clean and place them into the hot stone massage warmer which is an electrical heating device filled with water that is designed especially for this purpose.
Always check the temperature before placing the stones on your patient’s body.
Hot stone massage techniques
Start your massage as you would normally, taking time to help your patient to relax. Once they have had an initial massage and you have applied oil in all the places where you plan to use the hot stones, you can remove the stones from the warmer and place them on the body. Place the stones at key acupressure points on the back, hamstrings, arm, face and even between the toes depending on where your patient needs the most relief. Check with your clients that the stones are not uncomfortably warm. Heat from the stones helps to ease tense muscles, increase blood flow, release toxins.
Using hot stones not only augments your own techniques, but allows for a deeper tissue massage.
Deluxe Massage Stones 50 Piece Professional Set
Every and every basalt lava stone is of the highest quality and is cured, hand-polished, and ready for immediate stone massage use. These smooth stones are comprised of Basalt Lava and have an amazing ability to retain temperature. This set includes 50 stones. Please note that the stones sizes listed are approximate and may vary. The natural color of the basalt stones will also vary.
- 2 Extra Large
- 6 Large
- 18 Medium
- 16 Small
- 8 Toe Stones