May 30, 2016 by Jordan William
What is Hot Stone Massage Therapy?
Hot stone massage therapy is a specialty massage where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones as an extension of their own hands, or by placing them on the body.
The premise behind hot stone massage therapy is that the direct heat from water-heated stones relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist to access deeper muscle layers.
What Are The Benefits of Hot Stone Massage Therapy?
Hot stone massage therapy has been proven to melt away tension, ease muscle stiffness and increase circulation and metabolism.
Each 1.5 -hour hot stone massage therapy session promotes deeper muscle relaxation through the placement of smooth, water-heated stones at key points on the body.
Is Hot Stone Massage Therapy Safe?
Not all hot stone massages are the same, and, as a massage therapist, you should be aware of several factors before using hot stones to ensure clients are safe from potential burns.
Burns from hot stone massage most often occur (in order of frequency) when therapists:
Placed heated stones on bare skin and left the stones in this static position.
Placed stones underneath clients and left them (even when a layer of insulation like a towel is used) in this static position.
Performed hot stone massage on children under the age of 18 (children tend not to speak up when something about the massage feels uncomfortable and they have less adipose and thinner skin than adults).
Performed hot stone massage on older adults (usually between the ages of 68-80 who have thinner skin and less adipose than younger adults do).
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