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 also taught physiology at PCU College. Nadia plays an
active role in assisting patients in implementing their treatment plans while managing the staff and overall
business strategy of Medspa. Nadia has been practicing for more than 22 years and is a knowledgeable massage
therapy practitioner known for her caring and gifted hands.
Sergei is passionate about leading a healthy lifestyle and enjoys sports of all kinds. He strongly believes in
the importance of having a balanced approach to health and in prioritizing health concerns when they arise in
life. He received his accreditation from WCCMT, which is one of Canada's most rigorous and reputable colleges of
massage therapy, and graduated with honours at the top of his class. Sergei pays close attention to the needs of
his patients and tailors each treatment plan to address the areas of care that are needed, and the existing
strengths of the patient that can be utilized, to heal and repair.
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.
David is a Registered Massage Therapist and Shiatsu Therapist with a focus on therapeutic treatment. With over
20+ years of international experience. David has the clinical competencies and knowledge of an RMT in addition
to experience and training in traditional modalities of Osteopathic and Myofascial techniques as well has a
background in Shiatsu and Chi Kung. He has studied Japanese fencing, Kung Fu and Zen meditation for over 18
years. David’s broad skill set allows him to tailor treatments to suit the client’s individual needs; from deep
tissue to very gentle techniques and techniques that can be done through clothing.
Haydn Yee is a graduate of the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy full-time program. As a Registered Massage
Therapist, Haydn is skilled in trigger point release, myofascial release, and overall body maintenance. While
Haydn is able to provide a wide variety of techniques and intensities in his work, he especially enjoys
providing deep pressure massage, and likes to work with patients who are suffering from gluteal, forearm, or
neck pain. In his work, Haydn believes that every patient is unique and deserves a treatment plan tailored to
their specific needs. He is very empathetic and brings that empathy into his treatments.