Hot basalt stones are a fantastic adjunct to your remedial massage treatment. Used in combination with remedial techniques, and with the addition of a tailored essential oil blend, this creates the best of both worlds – addressing your issue whilst providing a purely relaxing and rejuvenating experience.
What type of stones are they?
Basalt is a type of volcanic rock that retains the heat. The stones are kept in the massage therapists’ hands while your being massaged, which helps to warm and sooth the muscle tissue in preparation for any trigger point or remedial work.
4 Benefits of Hot Stone Massage
- The heat from the stones helps to ease muscle tension by increasing blood flow into the area. It also helps to reduce spasms and cramping and helps sooth any pain.
- The heated stones and long flowing movements can be applied to help reduce stress and anxiety. Ensure you present your main concerns to your therapist. This way the massage technique can be adapted to help address your issues, especially for stress and anxiety.
- Massage helps promote relaxation and sleep so utilising the hot stones will enhance the benefits here.
- A lighter style of massage using the hot stones may help with arthritic conditions and musculoskeletal conditions such as fibromyalgia.
Nicki Woodward absolutely loves working with the hot stones.
This is what Nicki has to say!
Hot stones are used to deliver heat and pressure during massage. The stones are sculpted from volcanic basalt and their honeycomb centre is effective at retaining warmth. Their benefits are many including the relaxing sensation of heat over the body and the even pressure they deliver. They also have the remedial benefit of being an effective tool to release trigger points and tight myofascial tissue. The heat from the stones also opens the skins pores and aromatherapy oils are absorbed more efficiently into the body. Particular ailments such as arthritis and strained muscles benefit greatly from the soothing heat of the stones. Overall a hot stone treatment is the ultimate therapeutic massage reducing muscle tension whilst healing with heat.
Nicki Woodward – Remedial Massage Therapist at Integrated Holistic Health Practice