HOT STONES MASSAGE TREATMENTS AT MANCHESTER THERAPY CENTRE
Hot stone massage is a speciality massage that uses smooth, heated
stones. They are often basalt, a black volcanic rock that absorbs
and retains heat well, but they can be other types. The heat is both
deeply relaxing and helps tight muscles release.
Before you arrive, the massage therapist sanitizes the stones and heats them
to 120-130 degrees Fahrenheit.
During the massage, the therapist warms up the body with
traditional Swedish massage, then massages you while holding a
heated stone. As the stone cools, the therapist replaces it with
another. The therapist also leaves heated stones in specific points
along your spine, in the palms of your hand, on your belly, or even
between your toes to improve the flow of energy in your body. The therapist uses many stones of various shapes and sizes. The heat of the stones helps muscles release more quickly than in
The stones are used in two ways during the massage. One is to impart
heat onto the body by laying stones under the client with a layer of
fabric between the client and stone (a sheet or towel) and/or on top
of the client, again upon a towel. While these
layout stones are delivering concentrated centres of heat, the
therapist is simultaneously massaging the client with oiled, heated
stones held in the palm of the hand with firm strokes along the
muscles of the legs, arms, and torso areas. Stone layout typically
will be along both sides of the spine, or along the chakra centers
on top and baseball sized stones would be placed in the hands.
An authentic hot stone massage is not simply the "gliding" of heated
stones lightly upon the surface of the skin, but rather the stones
are used as tools to deliver effective tissue and muscle massage at
a pressure level comfortable to the client. The client can request
light, medium or deep pressure, which is the beauty of the hot stone
massage technique. It can be customized in an instant to the request
of the client. The hardness of the stones makes for a deep tissue
massage and is easy on the joints of the therapists hands.
The heat of the hot stones relaxes muscles, increase the blood flow
to the area being worked which further accelerates the healing
process and calms the nervous system. The therapist will place the
hot stones on points that are thought to
be energy centers of the body to rebalance the body and mind.
Hot stone massage is suited to people who tend to feel chilly or who
have cold feet. It's also suited for people who have muscle tension
but prefer a lighter massage. The heat relaxes muscles, allowing the
therapist to work the muscles without using deep pressure.
The hot stones are never rough. They are always flat and smooth. The
hot stones used on the back are about the size of a large egg, only
The massage therapist often begins by applying oil to the body,
which allows the hot stones to glide smoothly along the muscles. You
are lying face down, and the massage therapist often then uses the
hot stones to massage the back.
After the hot stones have relaxed the muscles, the massage therapist
may put down the stones and use his or her hands to directly massage
The hot stones may then be placed back on to the body and left for a
short period of time.
You are then asked to turn over onto your back. The massage
therapist may place small hot stones between your toes or in the
palm of your hand and repeats the sequence.
Massage is not recommended for people with
an infectious skin disease, rash, or open wound, immediately after surgery,
immediately after chemotherapy or radiation and people prone to blood clots
as there is a risk of them being
dislodged. If you have heart disease, check with your doctor before
having a hot stone massage.
Pregnant women should check with their doctor or midwife first if
they are considering getting a massage.
Hot Stones Massage treatments are available Monday to Friday 10.00 am - 8.00
pm and Saturday 10.00 am - 5.00 pm.
To make an appointment for a
Hot Stones Massage treatment please ring 0161 881 7171.
Hot stone massage
is a variation on classic massage therapy. Heated smooth, flat
stones are placed on key points on the body. The massage therapist
may also hold the stones and use them to massage certain areas of
Stones are kept heated in clean, sanitized water between 120 to 130
degrees Fahrenheit (about 50°C).
Benefits Of Hot
Promotes deep muscle and tissue relaxation
Calms the psyche
Treated with Hot Stone Massage
Muscular aches and pains
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