HOT STONE THERAPY
The Benefits of Hot Stone Therapy And Hot Stone Massage
As a Hot Stone Therapist here are some of the many benefits of hot stone massage.
The warmth of the stones help loosens stiff muscles. It is great way to unwind and relieve stress. I found that each client has different needs.
The application of water-heated stones for doing hot stone therapy targets key points on the body and giving a deep massage and creating sensations of comfort and warmth.
I always use natural materials - my choice of oil is Jojoba Oil, Aloe Vera Oil, Unscented.
For holding the stones in place I use bags filled with rice.
The size of stone I select for hot stone therapy range from very small for doing toe work to large for working on the back.
I prefer the smooth basalt stones for doing the massage part of hot stone therapy.
I prefer river stones for warming and loosening the muscles.
I always test the heat of the stones with my client. I set the mood in the room by using soft light and music to help each client relax.
What is a Hot Stone Therapy?
This is a relaxing technique that is not modern, It origins comes from the Far East almost five thousand years ago and also practiced in the baths of ancient Rome.
A hot stone therapy is different then a more traditional full body massage or a therapeutic massage in that it requires a more gentle touch and in some cases the therapist may not even touch you, other then to position the hot stones.
The wonderful thing about this type of massage is that it doesn't hurt, unlike other forms of massage that require deep and sometimes painful kneading.
This makes it perfect for those whose pain threshold may not be very high and are not accustomed to hot stone therapy.
The combination of the heat and light massage strokes in hot stone therapy it will help with clearing toxins and unblock the body's natural channel of energy and in turn relieves stress and tension.
History Of Hot Stone Therapy
The European cultures used hot rocks to heat their saunas, and applied hot stones to tired and sore muscles to alleviate tension and muscle pain. Native Americans also used hot rocks in their traditional sweat lodge ceremony, large rocks were used to heat the sweat lodge while smaller hot rocks were passed around to place on specific areas of tension.
The Chinese history dating back four thousand years to the Shang Dynasty also shows the use of hot stones to relieve stress, tension and pain. In Oriental Medicine hot stones are used in conjunction with the Meridian channels to promote a better flow of energy around the body.
In Ayurvedic medicine in India, the hot stones were used in conjunction with their knowledge of the Marma points.
The Japanese used hot stones in Anma, the oldest form of East Asian Massage. The Japanese hot stone therapy techniques create similar effects to moxibustion, in that heat penetrates and stimulates the tsubo, or acupoints.
The Hawaiians also used lava rocks in their Lomi-Lomi. Rough stones were used to exfoliate after a massage, while smooth lava rocks were either placed on the body in ti-leaves or used to massage. At times two stones were tapped together against the body to allow deep tissue vibrational healing. The lava stone was used as a symbol for healing and protection.
How To Give A Hot Stone Massage - More Of Cherie Krieger Videos See Below
Hot Stone's Massage
Just a few things to look at for your hot stone massage
Hot Stone Oil
I just try this oil this pass weekend and I'm sold on it nice to the feel and washes out of all your sheets and linens great. I have always used rice oil because of what has been in massage oil and the high cost. Most hot stone therapy know we us a lot of oil by the end of the week. Any with the way things are today we have to save where we can and not lower what we do for our clients.
If you have not tried this oil give it a try. All my clients love the way it makes they skin feel too.
Clear Results Massage Oil
Clear Results' light, silky formula washes out easily from fabrics, leaving your sheets and towels looking their best. In fact, recent comparisons studies show Clear Results washed out more clearly and completely than any other oil tested. Contains Jojoba Oil and Aloe.
Coconut Oil Ester, Jojoba Oil, Aloe Vera Oil, Unscented
Great Christmas Gift
Hot Stone Set And Heater
I looked around to find a great Christmas gift for those wishing to start Hot Stone Therapy.
First you need to have a set of good Hot Stones and this set also has a DVD to help you learn.
The set is Signature Massage Set (67 Stones) w/ Dvd
To complete the set you also need the heater. I have found a Nesco Spa-Pro massage stone heater, 18 quart. This heater is great for heating your stones and oil.
The set together makes a great Christmas gift for someone looking to get stated in Hot Stone Therapy.
Hot Stone Massage Video Spa - Sit Back And Relax
These video's will show you the proper technique for performing Hot Stone Therapy.
Cherie Krieger videos are very easy to learn from and she teaches in a way that everyone can learn Hot Stone Therapy.
Each teacher for Hot Stone Therapy have they own way of doing the therapy. Each one of you have to fine the one that is the best for you.
Just like myself I like oil the best. This group of video's are a great way to get started and learn how to do Hot Stone Therapy.
What Happens During A Hot Stone Massage
By Chris Turley
There's no better way to spend your free time than to indulge in a session of hot stone therapy to take all the stress away from your mind and body and to leave you renewed and refreshed than ever.
If you have never tried this relaxing and soothing experience, not only are you missing a lot of things but you may also be wondering what these stones have got to do with the massage.
Hot stone therapy is a variation of the classic massage that incorporates heated stones to release muscular tension and stress. Basalt stones which are rich in iron are usually utilized because they are efficient in retaining heat.
In preparation for a hot stone therapy, the therapist sanitizes the stones of different sizes and shapes, and then heats them by immersing in 120 and 150 degree water.
Once the client arrives, the therapist gives time for the client to get ready, lie on the massage table face down and relax for a few minutes before the session starts.
The therapist begins by applying massage oil on the client's body to allow for the stones to easily glide over the muscles
. Stones will then be placed in key points of the body that are known to be energy centers such as on the back, in the palms of the hands and in between toes.
Traditional Swedish massage strokes are incorporated during the therapy while the stones are placed on the body. There are times when the therapist will also use the stones in applying pressure on the muscles.
The therapist always touches the stones first to make sure it's not too hot to scald the client's body. If there's anything that the client is uncomfortable with, he or she can speak up because the therapist welcomes any concerns and makes the necessary arrangements to ease the client's apprehension.
After the entire process of placing stones and massage the back part of the body, the client is asked to turn over and the sequence will be repeated.
During the therapy, the heat of the stones regulates the circulation of energy as well as work wonders in relaxing the muscles. This also promote deep muscle and tissue relaxation.
Aside from that, this therapy is also known to be an effective way to release toxins that are clogged in the body. This is why a client is advised to drink plenty of water after a session to flush out these toxins.
Therapists Take A Look At Tips For The Therapists
Tips for Therapists
Hot Stone Massage
Selection for Hot Stone Massage
Stones for Hot Stone Massage are selected according to their composition, size, texture and shape.
The stones for hot stone massage are igneous or metamorphic and come in a variety of colors depending on the mineral make up of the stone: green, black, brown, blue, and gray.
The shape of a stone is important for particular body placements, such as a cylindrical stone for the neck and oval stone for the palm. The texture is important as you don't want to scratch a client.
Being careful when choosing stones ones that have sharp edges or any sharp cracks may make your client very unhappy.
Most natural stones have curves and crevasses and as long as they are smoothed they are excellent to use in massage.
A slightly rough stone can be used for exfoliation your clients skin if client wishes to have it done. Always asks your client before exfoliation with oil and softly.
Heating the Stones
When you heat basalt stones or other stones for doing hot stone massages always make sure they are heated in water as there is always a possibility of them cracking. If you heat them in water, the water will contain any damage that may occur due to the stone breaking. This is highly unlikely , but you still need to be aware of the possibility.
Never heat the stones in a microwave or in a dry oven.
Have a bowl with cool water that you can place stones in that you may feel is too warm for your client.
Always as your client how the heat of the stone is for them
The water in the hot stone heater should be a temperature that is comfortable for you to place your hand in - it is quite simple really if the stone is too hot for you to handle it is too hot for your client.
By taking precautions with your hot stones you will ensure a safe session for both you and your client.
The hot stones feel wonderful for the therapist to work with and at the end of a session don't be surprise if you feel as renewed and relaxed as your client.
Hot Stone Therapy For The Feet
If you like the video on how to do hot stone therapy on the feet .
Hot Stone Detox with Peppermint Pedango by Pure Pro - By DIANNADAPKINS
Boost the therapeutic and relaxing benefits of your hot and cold stone treatments. Dianna Dapkins, creator of Pure Pro and massage therapist, shares tips and basic techniques for using Peppermint Pedango with your hot or cold stones. Pure Pro Peppermint Pedango smooths the skin giving you just the right amount of glide so that you work the feet and legs smoothly and with control. Dianna's handmade, powerful Activated Arnica extract, cooling Peppermint and invigorating Lemongrass work to naturally help relieve soreness in the feet and legs.
Healing Stone Massage
This DVD is very well filmed, and does an excellent job of teaching stone massage. I was surprised at how much information is contained- a cool moonstone facial as well as six advanced layouts, plus the basic hot stone massage. This is a great DVD for anyone wanting to learn stone massage.
This video will show you everything you need to know to begin your hot stone massage practice. You will learn about the various types of stones, textures and shapes as well and the benefits and cautions related to stone therapy.
Before a Hot Stone Treatment
Tips For Clients
Before a Hot Stone Treatment
Asking the therapist to describe the hot stone session
Will you please describe the hot stone massage in detail?
Are the stones and heater(s) cleaned thoroughly before each and every use?
How will the massage compare with a regular massage?
What products and oils do you use with the hot stone massage?
Next, you will want to ask how the stones are sanitized. Unfortunately, this can vary as greatly as the massages.
Therapists keep their stones in the same water from client to client, and do not wash the stones between clients.
There are spa sanitizers made for this purpose, which, left in during multiple hot stone sessions, helps with kill all germs and bacteria. Also some therapists wipe each stone off with rubbing alcohol before putting back into the heaters.
Some therapists use special oils or products for their hot stone massages. This can add to the experience greatly. The best rule is if you couldn't eat it, don't use it in a hot stone massage.
If essential oils are used, they should be selected with care.
As a client if the hot stones are to Hot for you tell your therapists.
I do ask my clients question and my clients ask questions to me. Remember you and your therapist are a team.
Natural Migraine Relief Treatments
Migraines Health Center
When it comes to seeking migraine headache relief it can pay off to be a little creative and think outside of the box. One of my favorite natural migraine treatments is Hot Stone Massage Therapy. It's painless and calming. Hot Stone Massage therapy can relax the extreme muscle tension that comes with migraines without the pain or discomfort that other forms of massage sometimes entail. It's a very non-invasive and soothing therapy that can give you the kind of migraine headache relief you've been searching for as it relieves many common migraine symptoms.
Hot Stone Massage Therapy uses polished basalt stones that are water heated in an electric roaster or crock pot. The heated stones are rubbed in massage oil and then some stones are placed strategically to rest on different pressure points of the body. Other stones are used by the massage practitioner to glide over your muscles while in the palms of their hands giving you a full body massage. The stones are fantastic at melting away severe muscle tension without pain or discomfort. This is really one of the most relaxing and soothing migraine headache relief treatments around.
The Basalt stones that are used in this treatment can carry their heat anywhere from 25- minutes to even longer, which means that every stone that is placed on your pressure points or pain areas literally melt away the discomfort with the constant and soothing heat they generate for so long.
Hot Stone Massage Alternative - Thermal Palms
Thermal Plam massage is great and very soft and wram to help with relaxing.
if you like to made some here is how.
One singe coffee filter
1/2 cup of oatmeal
One small bowl
Put cloth and coffee filter in bowl add oatmeal and water
Gather the wrap together; put a rubber band to hold
Place two in palm wraps in microwave for about 4 minutes
Test the heat on your arm before using
After using just put filter with oatmeal in trash
And wash by hand you cloth.
15 Easy Steps on How to Give a Hot Stone Therapy Massage
Step 1: Prepare the basic hot stone therapy equipment that you'll need such as a massage table, linen or sheet for the table, massage oils, hot stones like basalt stones (you may need 40-50 pieces of stones), and electric roasting pan .
Step 2: Before the client arrives, prepare the massage room by draping the massage table with clean linens and by setting up a tranquil ambience through pleasurable aromas, low lighting and soothing music.
Step 3: Heat up the stones that you will be using. Temperature of the water that works best for me is 105 to 110 degrees.
Step 4: Once the client arrives, give him or her ample time to relax before the session. Be sure to explain the process of hot stone therapy.
Step 5: Ask the client to lie down on the table on they back. Always test the heat of the stone to your client's comforted before you place hot stones. Start by putting a hot stone in each of your client's palms.
Step 6: Begin place small stones between each of your client's toes on his or her right foot and then the left foot. Now make sure you have oil on the legs as you work with the hot stones. Do each leg (I prefer not go over bone with hot stone.)
Step 7: I put a light amount oil on the face before doing hot stone therapy. Use small hot stones to place on the face. Place one underneath the lips, then one on each cheek and one in the center of forehead.
Step 8: First you need to remove the hot stone under your client's palms. Go to your client's arm, and use a smoothing stroke to lightly put the oil on .Massage the arm area by using medium-sized flat stones.
Step 9: Before asking your client to turn over. Remove the stones you've placed on the face and toes.
Step 10: Hot stones on the back area make should you have but oil on the back first. . Next I place the hot stones from the buttocks up to shoulder (I prefer to have hot stones on the muscles ) I place my bags filled with rice on top of the stones so the heat can go deep into the muscle.
Step 11: Go to the back of your client's legs and using oil and hot stones start from the just underneath the buttocks and using a flat stone about medium sized hot stone. Lightly massage down to the knee. I like to make should the calf is massage good.
Step 12 Use your hot stones to massage the neck and shoulder area of your client.
Step 13: Remove the stones you've placed on the client's body.
Step 14: For the finish use smoothing strokes on the client's back and arms and legs area using the tips of your fingers
Step 15: At this point I have my client roll over to they back or side and give my client time to cool down. Always make sure your client does not get up to soon. I always stay with client tell they are ready to get up before leaving the room.
Hot Stone Massage Therapy Session - Session With Hot Stones
In this set of videos you are going to see how to get prepare for your client.
A different way of placing the hot stone on the body,
Most important in Hot Stone Therapy is the end of the session.
So I hope you enjoy this set.
Hot Volcanic Stone Massage Therapy
This ancient healing treatment of warm volcanic stones helps balance and ground your senses
These black volcanic stones have a range of various sizes as illustrated above. They should adapt to the different areas of the body. They have been subjected to a process that has left them perfectly polished and has confered them the opportune physiognomy: the round ones are suitable for the hands and the arms; those lengthened, for the area of the neck; and the finest, for the back and the scapulas.
The deepest and durable benefit is obtained thanks to the colour of the dark stones of volcanic origin. These are then heated and pressed onto the skin in the aching areas. Whosoever undergoes this massage will notice a sensation of a "pleasant pain." The heat, slowly released by the stones, relaxes the muscles.
Cold Stone Massage Kit
8 White Cold Stones
Cold Stones are a great way to incorporate the hot vs cold therapy often utilized in hydrotherapy where by hot relaxes while cold stimulates. The combination can be very energizing.
Using light colored stones for the cold therapy increases the power of the therapy because lighter colors retain cooler temperatures longer. While darker colors retain hotter temperatures longer.
At the end of a session cool stones could then be placed on the pulse points for revitalizing, rejuvenating and release the "soaring spirit". They are wonderful for the eyes for reducing dark circles and puffiness.
Sacred Stone Massage Therapy DVD - Karyn Chabot,D.Ay,LMY
I have some of Karyn'Chabot 's DVD and I have find after watching them I find myself learning something new from Karyn Chabot.
I hope you enjoy this DVD .
You can find out more about Karyn Chabot at sacred stone healing
I hope someday to meet this lady!
Wow, thank you! Your squidoo is wonderful and I am honored to part of your lens! , Karyn"
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Hot Stone Therapy - Description and Benefits
The benefits for the body
When hot stone therapy was first introduced to the public a few years ago, it was a novelty. The stones used were all heated, and there were specific ways to use them. Now, though, the use of hot stones in massage has been expanded, which make them much more adaptable to the needs of the person getting the massage.
Stones used for hot stone therapy can be large or small, smooth or rough, dark or light. Large stones can be used to treat large areas of the body, and are great for some of the more sweeping strokes of Swedish massage. Smaller stones can get into smaller spaces. Smooth stones glide effortlessly, but rougher ones are useful too, because the friction they produce "wakes up" and warms up tissue, and can even produce some exfoliation. And pointed stones are wonderful for treating very specific areas
Very dark stones heat up faster and hold heat longer. But they can sometimes get too hot, or release their heat too fast. Stones that are not quite so dark - gray, for instance - may not get as hot, but they also won't cool down so fast. And if cold is needed, there are always light-colored and white stones.
People who've had hot stone therapy with only hot stones usually rave about it.
Hot Stone Therapy has many benefits here are just a few.
Hot Stone Therapy has been successful in relieving many acute chronic conditions including
* back pain,
* muscular aches and strains,
* arthritic conditions.
* Poor circulation
Hot Stone therapy is also known to be highly beneficial in the relief of stress, anxiety, tension and depression.
Healing Stone Massage 2
Continue with developing your skill of Hot Stone Massage.
Advanced stone massage techniques using hot and cool stones in five routines.
The Sports massage routine shows how to use stones in a pre-event sports massage, as well as tennis elbow, knee pain and shoulder issues.
The Pregnancy massage routine uses warm stones in a side posture massage. The Meridian routine provides a foundation layout for the legs in side-posture, and traces 3 meridians in the legs.
The Detoxification routine shows a light-touch stone massage focusing on the lymphatic system and increasing venous return.
The Restorative routine shows 3 restorative postures and how to use hot stones to increase relaxation. Take your stone massage to the next level with this great program!
Hot Stone Therapy - Relieving Stress, and Tension
Take time for yourself
Have you ever been so tired that you felt like your head was going to burst? Almost all people experience this at some point in their lives. Although there's nothing wrong with it happening once or twice but for you to constantly to get tired beyond what your mind and body can handle is not good for your health and well-being.
Hot stone therapy which is one of the best ways to take a break is seen by a lot of people not as a luxury but as a necessity to maintain a healthy lifestyle
A good way to manage stress. Whether it's stress from work, home or daily activities, the result is the same: too much stress can lead to health problems. And because we can never run away from it, the only way to deal with it is to manage stress efficiently. A hot stone therapy offers some relaxing time for your mind and does wonders in releasing muscular tension.
The heat in the stones is effective in enabling the muscles to loosen up and relax. Allows better sleep. It's really hard to get a good quality sleep when you're over fatigued. With the relaxation you get from this therapy, it makes it easier for you to doze off into a deep sleep which your body needs to recuperate from daily fatigue. This is why people who have Insomnia are often advised to get this therapy.
Gives you a happy feeling. A calming and soothing massage can do wonders in giving you an emotional boost, leaving you with a happier and more positive outlook in life.
Taking a break from work and from life is truly a necessity that most people overlook and take for granted. No, you don't need to fly and have a vacation every once a week. Just being able to give yourself some down time to unwind and relax is a healthy habit.
Hot Stone Massage Education Package - 4 DVD's & 4 User Manual's By Nature's Stones Inc
Art of Nature's Healing Stone Therapy Series. This is a 4 DVD series, produced by Pat Mayrhofer and her team at Nature's Stones Inc (NSI). NSI is an international leader in Hot Stone Massage Education, and helps to bring therapists to the next level when using heated basalt stones on the body, face, when doing manicures & pedicures, and while performing a Reflexology session.
This takes therapists to the next level when using heated basalt stones on the body, face, when doing manicures & pedicures, and while performing a Reflexology session. In the first DVD, Full Body Hot Stone Massage demonstration and raindrop therapy. The Art of Hot Stone Reflexology .The Art of Hot Stone Pedicures & Manicures and Hot Stone Facials.
Hot Stone Therapy Videos Of Supplies - Supplies You Need
The three videos are to help you with learning the supplies you need in doing Hot Stone Therapy
If you are looking for supplies go to Supplies
Need To Started - Hot Stone Therapy - Make Wish List Of The Products You Need
When you first start you can have just a few products. Start with a Crock Pot or 18-Quart Roaster Oven to heat your stones.
Have stones in different sizes you can get stones from the river or landscaping places.
You are going to need oil, I like oil that is unscented rice oil is good.
The oil you pick should be one that you can cook with or it's fine for taking internal.
Remember the skin takes in the oil and it dose go though the body.
You are going to need a place to work and a table and table linen.
Make sure you have towels for your hands and for your client .
You are going to need thermometer to check that the water is not to hot or cold.
Always after doing your clients feet use a hand clearner before going on.
When you have finish wash all you stones and dry then rub them down with rubbing alcohol .
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Why Massage Therapy Is So Popular
Massage is good for your body
Massage Therapy is extremely popular because of its ability to relieve stress and promote relaxation.
Every day the number of people that are seaking an hour of papering and relaxation search out spas.
1.Hot stone therapy uses smooth stones to provide therapeutic heat.
2.The varying forms of massage offer something for everyone.
3.Here are a few of the most popular forms of massage.
4.Swedish massage, uses long stroking and gentle kneading to relax muscles.
Deep tissue massage uses more focused kneading to reach deeper muscles and is perfect for athletes.
Cranio Sacral massage that focuses on sinuses and scalp massage pregnancy massage tailor designed for a growing belly.
Hot Stone Massage For Relaxation and Health - Published Articles
- Hot Stone Massage For Relaxation and Health
Hot stone massage is different than the better known traditional full body massage or a therapeutic massage in that it requires a more gentle touch and in some cases the therapist may not even touch you, other then to position the hot stones.
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Read what clients have to say about hot stone therapy
After being in a serious motorcycle accident a year and a half ago, I am still left with chronic inflammation and back pain. Nara's- hot stone massage therapy gives me relief not only physically, but her healing touch is felt on a spiritual level as well. She makes you feel comfortable and I am grateful for the relief I experience after the hot stone massage and try to go on a regular basis for my continued healing.
Nancy - San Jose, CA.
I would like to add after having Nara work on me for sometime now I don't always have to walk with my walker. She has helped me to have more balance when I walk and when I first came to her I was not sure this would help at all. I sleep better at night and have a lot less pain.
Thank you Nara for your work and the lovely hot stone massage. Donna from San Jose, Ca.
I have a back that a Chiropractic doctor can't get the bones to move. I have being going to Nara for a year or so and when she gets done I can set up and trun and hear and feel my back going back into place. I enjoy it so much , Thank you Nara and your stones for the help. Darlene , San Jose, ca.
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