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Hot Stone Massage

Hot stone massage is a specialty massage where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones, either as an extension of their own hands, or by placing them on the body while they massage other parts of the body. The heat can be both deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles so the therapist can work more deeply, more quickly.

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.hot-stones

You usually start face down, with the therapist working on your back. 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.

The therapist might also leave heated stones in specific points along your spine, in the palms of your hand, on your belly, or even between your toes to improve the flow of energy in your body. Many therapists believe that the stones themselves have an energetic charge and that needs to be maintained by placing them in a spiral pattern, placing them in a full moon periodically.

Be sure to speak up if the stones are too warm or the pressure too intense. And you can always ask them to stop using the stones if you don’t like how it feels.

COLD STONE MASSAGE:

While hot stone therapy seems to be on the menu of spas everywhere, its lesser-known chilly counterpart is an equally effective technique for promoting relaxation and relieving discomfort. Cold stone massage, whether it’s performed with only cold stones or in conjunction with hot stones, helps lower stress, improve circulation and soothe inflammation to treat a variety of maladies.

When cold stones are placed on your skin, it triggers vasoconstriction — the narrowing of blood vessels. After the cold stones are removed, the blood vessels dilate again, supplying the affected areas with fresh blood and oxygen. This process increases circulation. Cold stone therapy is a great way to get relief from migraine pain and many other chronic ailments. Some obvious benefits include cooling your body and relieving discomfort associated with hot temperatures or hot flashes. Beyond that, cold stones offer therapeutic effects on a range of conditions ranging from easing arthritis pain and muscle injuries to alleviating sinus congestion. Additionally, cold stone therapy can reduce swelling, relax muscle spasms, decrease menstrual pain and restore energy levels. Alternating hot and cold stones — a technique known as thermal contrasting — can also help stimulate organ reflexes and blood vessels, increase blood flow to areas with inadequate circulation, help remove impurities and give skin a firmer texture. Give Cold stone therapy a try at your next session!

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Just Breathe Massage Therapy
Phone: 406-596-5842
Email: info@MaryFouse.com
Location: 1206 West Kent Avenue, Suite C
Missoula, Montana 59801
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