Hot/Cold Stone Therapy

Hot stone massage is a natural therapy in which warmed stones are positioned on parts of the client's body of to maximise the therapeutic benefit. The stones used are smooth-surfaced stones made of basalt. These stones are heated in sanitised water before use. The high iron content in basalt helps the stones retain heat during the massage. Hot stone massages are beneficial on both physical and psychological levels. 

Cold stones can be used to treat an injured area - it can ease inflamed tissues, decrease muscle spasms, and can reduce swelling or fluid build up, cold stones are smooth marble stones that are stored in a freezer before use, these are also beneficial used on the face around the eyes and sinus area.

Benefits Include:

Muscle Relaxation

The heat from the stones helps your muscles relax, allowing the therapist to manipulate your deep tissues more effectively. Overly tense muscles can hinder the massage procedure, so if your muscles are extremely tight or stiff, the heated stones may provide the extra relaxation you need for the massage to be beneficial in releasing tension and easing sore muscles.

Pain Relief

While all types of massage can help relieve pain caused by tense muscles, stiff joints or injuries, a hot stone massage may provide greater relief due to the intense nature of the massage. Because the hot stones allow the therapist to work deeper, you may find that a hot stone massage leaves you feeling physically better than a Swedish or deep-tissue massage that does not incorporate heat.

Mental Benefits

Massage therapy can result in mental benefits as well as physical ones in many people. You may find that the relaxation afforded to you through a hot stone massage helps ease some of your mental stress and tension. A hot stone massage may also help you combat some of the symptoms of anxiety disorders and depression. 

While massage therapy is not a substitute for traditional medical or psychiatric care, it can be an integral part of your treatment plan.