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Hot Stone Massage in Hamilton 

Hot Stone Massage in Hamilton City

By Chirag Sojitra 26/09/2012


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.

What Happens During a Hot Stone Massage?

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.

You usually start face down, with the therapist working on your back. First, the therapist warms up the body with traditional Swedish massage, and 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.



Contraindication:


1) Hypertension. People with high blood pressure should not undergo hot stone massage. Therapists heat the stones between 120 to 155 degrees for 15 to 55 minutes. Blood pressure rises when temperature rises. So, this massage can indeed be detrimental to hypertensive people.


2) Inflamed Skin Conditions. Those who have skin inflammations should not be readily subjected to hot stone massage. Heat is a characteristic of inflammation. So, the heated stones will only worsen the skin inflammation. If the client or patient requires this massage, the skin condition has to be healed first.


3) Diabetes. Stone massage is not advisable for a person who has diabetes. In this type of massage, the skin will be subjected to heat and friction brought about by the stones themselves and the manipulation of the massage therapist as well. This way, the skin is prone to bruises or mild burns from the hot stone massage, and the diabetic person will have a hard time healing.


4) Open Wounds or Sores. Although an increase in temperature does hasten tissue healing, repetitive rubbing on these open wounds or sores with very hot stones is not advisable. Again, this only aggravates the condition by burning the wounded or affected area, therefore subjecting the client or patient to more pain.


5) Pregnancy. Pregnant women should not undergo stone massage. During pregnancy, a hormone called relaxin is increased. This helps shorten and soften the muscles in preparation for giving birth. The increased temperature and deep tissue work during the massage lengthens these tissues, which makes it difficult for the pregnant woman's body to prepare for birth.



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