Hot Stone Massage
Did you know that heated stones, when applied in the body through touch, could pose a number of health-related benefits to the receiver?
Hot stone massage is widely appreciated and accepted in the healthcare and bodywork industry today.
The History of Hot Stone Massage
Not much is written about the history of hot stone massage, but according to some researches, this healing therapy originated from the ancient healing techniques of the Native Americans. Also, there are some evidences to show that its origin can be traced back to the Japanese therapeutic traditions, as well as the Eastern Indian philosophy.
Whatever the evidences for the origin of hot stone massage therapy may suggest, one main fact remains, that is, heated or la stone massage is considered as one of the most effective and most recognized form of healing therapy.
Benefits of the Therapy
The hot stone massage offers a number of benefits for the receiver. Included in the list are the following:
- Promotes deeper relaxation
- Reduces stress and tension
- Provide relief to stiff muscles
- Enhances circulation
- Soothes the nervous system
- Enhances the metabolic rate
- Ease bloating caused by PMS
- Relieve chronic back and neck pain
- Opens tight joints
- Frees blocked energies in the body
The Massage Procedure
In hot stone massage, stones of all shapes and sizes are used. These stones are heated to varying temperatures before you arrive for the actual massage. The temperature usually ranges from 0- to 140- degrees Fahrenheit. While waiting on these stones to reach such desired temperature, you will be treated with an aromatherapy oils to create the desired mood.
The therapist will then apply some traditional Swedish strokes, while holding a heated stone. The stone will only be replaced once it cools. Also, the therapist may leave the stones in certain areas of the body, particularly along your spine. Sometimes, the stones are placed on your hands, or between your toes to enhance the energy flow in the body. There are, however, some instances that cold stones are used, but this depends on the condition of the receiver.
Its worth noting that during the hot stone massage procedure, the therapist and the client will notice certain changes on the body temperature, including the heart and breathing rates. What usually happens is that the heart and breathing rates will rise and drop. This is also true with the body temperature. But, there's nothing to worry though, for hot stone massage is used to indicate such changes to determine the flow of the blood and the exchange of blood and oxygen in the body, allowing a sense of well-being in the end. That's basically how the hot stone massage works.
At Medspa Health Centre, we offer a comprehensive variety of referral and non-referral massage therapy treatments, including:
Our Registered Massage Therapists
Nadia is a graduate of the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. She also brings the expertise of her previous education and work experience from Moscow, Russia.
She has successfully completed training in massage therapy, hydrotherapy, remedial exercises, breast care, arthrokinetic therapy, TMJ, and cranial therapy. She has taught physiology at PCU College. Nadia plays a key role in the treatment plan implementation while managing the stuff and overall business strategy. Nadia has been practicing for more than 22 years and is a knowledgeable massage therapy practitioner known for her caring, gifted hands.
Sergei is an avid fan of the healthy lifestyle. While enjoying all sorts of sports activities he is very serious regarding balanced approach where health concerns are always a priority. He has got the best education in the field of massage therapy from WCCMT graduating in the top of the class.
He utilizes his experience as a personal trainer paying close attention to remedial exercises and home care. Sergei is a passionate massage therapy professional with an open mind towards patients needs.
Peppino is a 3,000 hour program graduate from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. Throughout his life, he has been involved in a variety of competitive and non-competitive sports. As a result, he has had first-hand experiences with different injuries and the short and long-term difficulties they pose in day to day life. From a young age, he has had the love and desire to help people for a living; coupled with his experiences with different injuries, it has ultimately lead him to his passion as a practitioner in the field of Massage Therapy.
Brianne is a graduate of the 3000 hour program at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. She has an excellent background in customer service. She is proud to work in the healthcare industry and thoroughly enjoys helping people. Massage therapy has had a positive affect on her life and she is excited to spread her knowledge and experience to her patients. Brianne especially likes working with pre and postnatal women to help them relax and teach them to care for their bodies.
Kaycee has completed the program to become a successfully registered massage therapist through VCCMT. She is trained in temporomandibular joint dysfunctions, ligament sprains, muscle strains, plantar fasciitis, muscle imbalances, thoracic outlet syndrome and much more. From aches due to a slouched position at an office job to tears in a leg muscle from falling during a soccer game, Kaycee is a genuine and kind-hearted individual who determined to meet her patients' needs.