Hot Stone Massage

Hot Stone Massage


Practitioners: Alison Kandelas


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What is Hot Stone Massage?
When should I have a Hot Stone Massage?
How is Hot Stone Massage Performed?
Does it hurt?
Can I get rebates from my health insurance?
The History of Hot Stone Massage


What is Hot Stone Massage?

A very enjoyable bodywork called hot stone massage is now available through our Windsor clinic. It combines the healing therapies of hot and cold applications and therapeutic massage. It is very relaxing and the whole treatment very nurturing.
Hot stones, heated to just above body temperature are used to massage the body, and are also placed on key areas to promote relaxation and muscle release. This in turn improves circulation and lymphatic flow, and thereby health.

When should I have a Hot Stone Massage?

Hot Stone Massage is beneficial for relaxation and rejuvenation so it is good for most people who are stressed and tired. It is also helpful for those people who would like the benefits of remedial massage but are too sensitive to cope with the pressure usually required to get their muscles to relax.

There are some patients who this is not recommended for. If you are pregnant, have high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes or are under the care of a physician for any other reason, consult your physician and massage therapist before receiving hot stone massage.

How is Hot Stone Massage Performed?

Specially selected and prepared stones are heated and they maintain their heat long enough for the masseur to use them to massage you and then place them comfortingly on key areas of your body as they gradually cool.

The penetrating heat of the stones helps to bring about relaxation in the muscles, nervous system and to melt away stress. As the muscles relax circulation is restored bringing with it healing as toxins are flushed away.

Your hot rock massage will usually take 1.5 hours. During that time you will have a full body massage with the stones including legs and arms and finishing with an amazing head massage. You may find that during the massage you just drift off to sleep. Afterwards you can relax as you enjoy a refreshing juice and fruit plate.

It is important to nurture yourself after the massage and drink plenty of water to assist your body to continue the detoxification process that has started.

Depending on your particular needs your therapist may be able to tailor the massage to suit you specially.

Does it hurt?

Hot Stone Massage is usually gentle.

As Hot Stone Massage combines hot stones with Remedial Massage , the heat from the stones is used to gain relaxation of the muscles rather than the firmer (and sometimes painful) pressure of a Remedial Massage.

It is very important however, to communicate with your therapist during your massage if you find the rocks too hot as they only need to be gently warm to do the job. Also feel free to tell them if the pressure they are using is too strong.

Can I get rebates from my health insurance?

In many cases you can. Please check with your Health Insurer as this will depend on their policies and your level of cover.

The History of Hot Stone Massage

Healers from all walks of life have known the time tested method of using both hot and cold on the body to alter a response in the blood and lymph to bring about healing. The use of stones to do the hot and cold treatment only adds to the relaxation one experiences. Every culture has utilized the same principles. Sharman placed stones on or near the body to facilitate healing. Native American women would place a warmed stone on their belly during menses. The Roman baths involved hot and cold, hot water in the baths followed by the cooling effect of lying on marble tables.
Source: Mary Hannigan, Founder of LaStone Therapy, Masage and Bodywork, June/July 1999

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