Hot Stone Massage

Pricing - Remedial Therapist (Courtney, Damien or Contractors)

15 Minutes - $27.00
30 Minutes - $49.00
45 Minutes - $68.00
60 Minutes - $78.00
90 Minutes - $114.00
120 Minutes - $152.00

Discounts apply for appointments booked within 14 days of the previous appointment. Discounts apply for couples massage if a same day appointment.

Pricing - Principle Remedial Therapists (John or Paula)

15 Minutes - $30.00
30 Minutes - $53.00
45 Minutes - $75.00
60 Minutes - $85.00
90 Minutes - $124.00
120 Minutes - $162.00

What is Hot Stone Massage

Hot Stone massage involves the application of water-heated basalt stones of varying sizes to key points on the body, giving a deep massage and creating sensations of comfort and warmth. The direct heat relaxes muscles, allowing manipulation of a greater intensity than with regular massage.

Where does Hot Stone Massage come from?

The Chinese from around 2000 BC used heated stones as a means of improving the function of internal organs. Native Americans used stones in sweat lodges, where as a place of spiritual refuge they could repair the damage done to their spirits, minds & bodies. Stones were also used for healing work in South America, Africa, Europe, Egypt & India.

Some traditions included laying stones in patterns on the body, carrying or wearing stones for health and protection, & using stones in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, and in ceremonies. The healing practices of curanderas (of South America) and other women caregivers often included dealing with disease as well as pregnancy and childbirth. These Native folk healers used heated stones to diminish the discomfort of menstruation, and the application of cold stones to slow bleeding after labour. Some sources cite instances of cultures in which women believed that holding stones during labour added to their strength and endurance.

How Does Hot Stone Massage Work?

The hot stones are usually made of basalt, a type of rock that is rich in iron, so they retain heat. River rocks are normally used because they are so smooth - they have been smoothed over time by the river's current.

The stones are immersed in water and heated in an electric heating device until they are within a certain temperature range. The stones may be placed at specific points on the back, in the palms of the hand, or between the toes.

The heat warms and relaxes the muscles, which allows the therapist to apply deeper pressure, if desired.

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