Stone massage is a form of bodywork that involves the application of heated or cooled stones (thermotherapy) to the body during deep tissue massage.
Stone therapy has benefits for both the client and the massage therapist. For the client the application of heat and cold on the body:
1. Stimulates the circulatory system and promotes selfhealing.
2. Softens and relaxes the muscles.
3. Helps to release toxins from the muscles.
4. Induces a state of deep relaxation that washes away stress.
5. Helps relieve pain and muscle spasms.
6. Creates a feeling of peacefulness and spiritual wellbeing.
Stone therapy also benefits the massage therapist. It reduces stress and strain on the therapist’s hands, wrists, and arms so that the therapist can work longer and more efficiently. The stones do the heavy work, so that the possibility of repetitive stress injuries to the therapist’s thumbs and wrists is decreased.
In many ways a stone massage session is similar to any other type of massage. The stones are heated (usually to about 130 F or 34 C) or frozen prior to the client’s arrival. Massage oil is spread on the client’s back and legs. The stones are then worked over the body. The client turns over and the process is repeated on the arms, hands, and fingers. The final parts to be massaged are the neck, head, and face.
For thermotherapy with stones we recommend the set:
The client needs no special preparation before receiving a stone massage. The therapist prepares the stones in advance and maintains them at the proper temperatures.
For information on massage are stones we recommend the book:
No special precautions are necessary in having a stone massage session. This type of massage is suitable for almost everyone.
Generally a stone massage produces only the positive side effects of a feeling of peacefulness and spiritual renewal. No negative side effects have been reported.