Hot stones warmed by fire were used by Native Americans to feel better. These days a Hot Stone Lava Massage includes many sizes of smooth, heated stones. They are often basalt, a black volcanic rock that absorbs and retains heat well, but they can be other types. The heat is both deeply relaxing and helps tight muscles release.
Note: 24 hour notice is required to allow for the correct preparation of the stones.
What You Need To Know About Hot Stone Massage:
- typically the massage therapist sanitizes the stones (very important!) and heats them in 120 to 150 degree water.
- During the massage, the therapist warms up the body with traditional Swedish massage, then massages you while holding a heated stone. As the stone cools, the therapist replaces it with another.
- The therapist might also leave heated stones in specific points along your spine, in the palms of your hand, on your belly, or even between your toes to improve the flow of energy in your body.
- If you have inflammation or muscle injury, cold stones are sometimes used
- The therapist uses many stones of various shapes and sizes.
- The heat of the stones helps muscles release more quickly than in traditional massage.
- You should speak up if the stones are too warm or the pressure too intense.
- Technique is very important. Less experienced practitioners sometimes use too much pressure.
- Small local day spas might have less experienced therapists. If you have any doubts, ask where the therapist learned hot stone massage, and how long he/she has done it.