Hot stone massage is a therapeutic technique with a surprisingly long history: The ancient Chinese are said to have used heated stones to improve physical function as far back as 2,000 years ago. Many other cultures used heated stones to treat people, and practitioners would place the stones in characteristic patterns on a patient’s body. La Stone Therapy is a modern form of these old traditions. Mary Nelson developed it in the 1990s.
During this therapy, the practitioner uses flat, smooth stones of different sizes; they may insert small stones between the client’s toes or place larger ones on their back. Most of the stones are made of basalt, a volcanic rock that can retain heat for a relatively long time. Before using the stones, the practitioner will heat them in hot water.
La Stone Therapy enhances the benefits of massage. The heated stones relax the muscles, so the practitioner can do more and more effective work. They can place the stones on different parts of the body like the back, stomach, hands or face. The stones also feel pleasantly warm. They can relieve pain and make the client feel more energetic.
Heat, in general, can relieve aching and stiff muscles. Hot stone therapy can, thus, increase flexibility and reduce muscle spasms. The hot stones also stimulate blood circulation. Hot stone massage can even relieve the pain associated with conditions like rheumatoid arthritis or fibromyalgia.
Hot stone massage also provides many of the same benefits associated with other types of massage. For example, it reduces stress and anxiety. Massage, in general, helps people sleep better. Not only do they fall asleep more quickly after a massage, but they also enjoy more refreshing sleep.
La Stone Therapy essentially combines a massage technique, like deep tissue massage, with heated stones. The therapist will often start with gentle methods like Swedish massage and stretches to warm up the client’s tissues. Afterward, they will place stones of various sizes on the patient’s body. The therapist will then resume massaging the patient. At some points, they may grasp a stone and use it to massage the client.
The ideal candidate for La Stone Therapy will be somebody in overall good health. To see if this form of massage can work for you, make an appointment at Exquisite MD Spa in San Diego. Contact us today for a consultation!