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Hot Stone Massage

Full body Hot Stone Massage

             90 MINS £45

Hot Stone Back Massage

             60 Mins £35

What is a Hot Stone Massage?

 

Hot stone massage is thought to date back to the acient Egyptians, the Native Amercians used hot stones during ''sweat lodge" ceremonies as a way to cleanse both the physical body and spirit. In Hawaii, hot molten lava rocks called pohaku are used. A type of hot stone massage is also used in the traditional Ayurveda, a natural alternative healing medicine practiced in India. Legend has it that hot stone massage was resurrected by massage therapist Mary Nelson-Hannigan of Tucson, Arizona who experimented with the hot stones from her sauna by placing them on her niece's back. Nelson-Hannigan refined her technique using 54 hot stones, 18 cold stones and one stone at room temperature and traditional hand massage manipulations. The technique was later dubbed LaStone Therapy.

 

Introduced to North American massage therapists in the early 1990's, hot stone massage is a form of massage therapy that follows the same principles of a regular Swedish massage but with the addition of heated stones, which are believed to better open the body's energy pathways. Hot stone massage is a form of "thermotherapy" in which hot stones are positioned on specific areas of the client's body and allow for greater deep tissue manipulation. Massage oils are used to allow the therapist to work with the muscles easier and the hot stones may be alternated with cold stones or room temperature stones to facilitate the massage treatment.en

 

Benefits of Hot Stone Massage:

 

* Promotes deep muscle & tissue relaxation

 

* Alleviates stress

 

*Releases toxions

 

* Relieves pain

 

* Improves circulation

 

Health Conditions Treated with Hot Stone Massage

 

* Muscular aches & pains

 

* Back pain

 

* MS

 

* Arthritis

 

* Fibromylagia

 

* Stress, anxiety

 

* Circulatory problems

 

* Insomnia

 

* Depression

 

Contra-indications to Hot Stone Massage

 

Hot Stone massage is not suitable for everyone please read the list below before you book your Hot Stone massage. If any of the conditions apply to you then you should not receive a Hot Stone massage.

 

* Blood clots/prone to blood clots

 

* Bruise easily

 

* Heart conditions

 

* Cancer, chemotherapy or radiation treatments

 

* Depressed immune system (iupus, HIV/AIDS, Cancer, Epstein Barr, mononucleosis, etc)

 

* Diabetes

 

* Fever

 

* Heat sensitivity

 

* High blood pressure

 

* Inflamed skin conditions  

 

* Nerve trauma

 

* Neuropathy

 

* Open wounds or sores

 

* Peripheral vascular disorder

 

* Pregancy

 

* Recent surgery

 

* Medication that has side effects to heat (please check with pharmacist or GP if your not sure)

 

* Varicose veins.