During a hot stone massage, a massage therapist uses smooth, warmed stones. These stones are sometimes placed on strategic parts of the body and other times used as extensions of the therapist’s hands. The warmth from the stones loosens tense muscles and provides deep relaxation, which allows the massage therapist to conduct a deeper massage.
Hot stone massages were originally performed by Native Americans to soothe sort muscles. Modern hot stone massage, which is offered at countless locations, including WellCore Health and Chiropractic of Hillsboro, can be traced back to Mary Nelson, a native of Tucson, Arizona.
Prior to your massage in Hillsboro, your massage therapist will choose and sanitize your stones then warm them in a bath of hot water. Most often, Basalt stones are used due to their smoothness and excellent heat-retaining ability.
While you are lying face down on a massage table, your massage therapist will begin using traditional Swedish massage techniques to warm up your body. Soon, he or she will incorporate heated stones into your massage. When one stone cools, it will be replaced by another. Stones of varying shapes and sizes will be used during your massage. Generally, small stones are used on small muscles while larger stones are used on larger muscles.
Heated stones may be left in place on certain parts of your body, such as your belly, in your hands, between your toes or along your spine, during your massage as a means of improving energy flow through your body.
The stones should never feel hot, and the pressure applied should not be painful. If you are uncomfortable at any point during your massage, please let your therapist know so your treatment can be adjusted accordingly.