Hot stone massage in an old healing therapy with history reaching back to ancient Egypt. It has been practiced in different regions and cultures. The Native Americans has long used hot stones during their “sweat lodge” ceremonies as a way to facilitate cleansing both a physical body and spirit. In Hawaii, hot molten lava rocks called pohaku has been widely used in healing practices. A type of hot stone massage is also used in the traditional Ayurveda, a natural healing medicine practiced in India.
In Blue Morpho Edinburgh, Hot Stone Massage is a unique massage technique where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones as an extension of their own hands. Stones can also be placed on the body to facilitate deep relaxation and to warm up tight muscles so the therapist can work more deeply.
Before you arrive, the massage therapist sanitizes the stones and heats them in bath of 120 to 150-degree water. The stones themselves are usually basalt, a black volcanic rock that absorbs and retains heat well and have been smoothed by natural forces in the river or sea.
First, 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 uses many stones of various shapes and sizes – big ones on the big muscles, smaller ones on smaller muscles and trigger points commonly known as knots.
Hot Stones are great way to work out trigger points to release muscle tension. Also, Deep Tissue Massage can be advanced by using hot stones.
The therapist might also leave heated stones in specific points along your spine, in the palms of your hand, on your shoulders to warm up muscle and prepare them for deeper work if necessary.