Hot Stone Massage
“THE hot stones glide over your oiled flesh like molten silk, the heat seeping deep in your muscles.
Outside, a chill south-westerly wind beats against the glass door panes, the wood fire crackles occasionally, the only other sound an occasional low-pitched sigh.
For undiluted massage pleasure, a hot stone massage is undeniably on the another plane.” Mike O’Connor, Courier Mail
Hot Stone Massage Package
Volcanic stones are used with aromatherapy oils to give you an amazing massage experience.
1.5 hr – $150 ($135 members)
2 hr – $195 ($180 members)
3 hr – $295 ($280 members)
4 hr – $395 ($380 members)
Hot Stone Massages – book online or purchase gift card
Hot Stone Massage
When you’re constantly tired and stressed, or suffering from back pains and tension, a massage is well over-due. The question is; what type of
massage do you choose? Most day spa and massage businesses offer a wide range of massages, but when it comes to relaxation and releasing built up tension, Hot Stone Massages are a favourite; they are seen by many people as not a luxury, but a necessity for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Here are some of the top things you should know about Hot Stone Massages.
What is Hot Stone Massage?
Hot Stone Massages are a unique style of massage that incorporate smooth, heated stones to aid in relaxing the patient, warming up tight muscles and releasing deep tension more quickly. The therapist will use the heated stones as an extension of their own hands, or by placing the stones directly onto the patient’s body.
Origins of Hot Stone Massage
The extremely relaxing and nurturing experience of a Hot Stone Massage dates back more than 3000 years. The therapy was first used in ancient Chinese culture for medical purposes, particularly for that of treating disease. Native American culture also used the practice – thermo therapy techniques were common in this culture, as it was believed to aid health and relieve pain. Later, Hot Stone Massage was also used in Hawaii, where it heavily influenced the massage style as we know it today. The Hawaiians wrapped hot stones in leaves with healing properties, placing them on sore muscles to relieve pain. They also used volcanic stones, similar to what is used by therapists now.
How is the Massage done?
In modern Hot Stone Massages, naturally smoothed black volcanic stones are used. Before your massage begins, your therapist will sanitise the stones and heat them in water. The nature of the stone allows the heat to be well retained.
The massage will start with the therapist working on the patient’s back with their hands and warmed essential oils. This will prepare the body for the hot stones, and the oil will help them to glide smoothly throughout the treatment. The therapist then uses the stones, guiding them along the body to work out knots and tension, and to create relaxation. The heat from the stones actually triggers a relaxation response from the body. As each stone eventually loses its heat, a new hot stone is taken from the water for use. The stones will vary in shapes and sizes, with specific sizes used for different parts of the body (i.e. large stones for larger muscles and vice versa). Stones may be left to sit on various points of the body in order to improve the energy flow within the body. It is also commonly believed that the stones have healing qualities, which can be transferred to the body in this process.
It is important to remember that throughout the massage, if stones are too hot for your liking you are encouraged to let your therapist know! Everyone has his or her own comfort range. The stones will never be so hot that they will burn your skin, and your therapist will always hold the stones and assess their heat before placing them on the patient’s body.
Benefits of Hot Stone Massage
Hot Stone Massages have many benefits for your mind and body. After this style of massage, your muscles will be effectively relaxed, any pain you are suffering from is likely to be relieved, your blood circulation is increased, toxins are removed from your body and the natural flow of energy will be freed. Furthermore, the massage style can aid in stress management, improved sleep patterns and feelings of tranquility and happiness. The heat used during the massage also allows for greater absorption of essential oils, making the separate benefits of the oils even more significant.
What treatment styles does it compare to?
Hot Stone Massage combines the benefits achieved from other massage styles. Like Swedish Massage, it is an extremely relaxing therapy and uses therapeutic massage oils. As the stones are heated, the massage also has the benefits of thermotherapy. Finally, the style of massage has also been compared to hydrotherapy, as the deep, soothing strokes of the stones work the body similar to that of water.
Sometimes, Hot Stone Massage is also referred to by other names. For example, Stone Massage, Lava Stone Massage, Warm Stone Massage or River Rock Massage, etc.
What makes a quality Hot Stone Massage?
A quality Hot Stone Massage comes from a therapist who is well trained and sensitive to the patient’s needs. At Ripple, all therapists are professionally trained and know how to use the stones along the body for a relaxing, enjoyable experience.
If you find that you prefer your massage without the stones, just let your therapist know and the session can easily be continued just using hands. If you still like the heat and just not the stones, be sure to look at other styles like Seashell Massage that uses shells and warm oils, or discuss other options with your therapist.
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Massaging with hot stones has been around for ages. Back in ancient Egypt, warm stones were used in beauty treatments, Native American Indians used them and in Hawaii heated stones we used to make their Lomi Lomi massage out of this world.
We love using hot stones because it makes it so easy for us to you relax you and send you to that place where everything is just fine and nothing, we mean nothing, is stressful.
Our therapists call it Massage La La Land, the time where you get off the table with your hair all oiled and this really dopey, serene look on your face.
We use the volcanic rocks in two ways.
Large flat stones are heated and then placed on top of a towel along your back to heat the chakras (or energy centres) of the body.
Smooth round stones that fit into the palm of the hand are also heated, drenched in aromatherapy oils, and then melt into your skin.
The mixture of the heat, essential oils and massage techniques allows for deep relaxation of your muscles and feels fantastic?like a ball of heat gliding over the body.
Hot Stone massage is great for letting go of stress from work, escaping from the kids with your partner, loosening up muscles that have been knotted for the last century or just to be nice to yourself.
Top tips to make the most of your hot stone massage
Have a really hot shower or bath before hand to start the muscles relaxing.
Book a long treatment. Hot stones are a more complicated massage than your usual hands on massage, so book at least two hours to make sure you get the most from this style of massage.
- Ensure your room is nice and warm
- Have a small snack ready so that afterwards you can just relax and enjoy the after effects of your hot stone massage.
- Make no plans for the rest of the day!
Recipe for the peppermint foot soak, included in every hot stone massage
So we love to start with a warm foot soak before any of our massages. Just a nice way to start to unwind your body and relax.
Plus the scent of the oils we use make your room smell divine, and the salt is great for the feet.
So how do we make the foot soak that you start with before we get you on our massage table for your hot stone massage?
Super easy. Its simply salt and some of our favourite essential oils, in this case we usually use peppermint.
Make it strong and you will only need to use a little bit each time you soak your feet.