Hot Stone Massage
Many of you may be curious about what Hot Stone Massage is and what differentiates it from deep tissue massage or sports massage. From previous posts, we have distinguished that sports massage is closely related to what you might experience in rehab or physical therapy, aka it is more painful; it incorporates cupping and gua sha, aka muscle scraping. Deep tissue massage is therapeutic and relaxing simultaneously, meaning it combines that “hurts so good” feeling of working out knots and tension while also relaxing and soothing.
Hot stone massage, by contrast, is all about relaxation. We use a combination of deep tissue techniques and Swedish Massage techniques in conjunction with hot stones to facilitate a deep state of relaxation, increase circulation, and decrease inflammation. The goal of a hot stone massage is to leave you feeling like jelly!
Our Unique Treatment Process
If you’ve never had a hot stone massage, you may be curious about what kind of stones we use and how we heat them. The stones used are a special black lava stone; they have a smooth, non-porous surface, hold the heat well, and because they are non-porous, they are easy to sanitize and maintain cleanliness between uses. We first heat the stones in a steaming hot water bath, then keep them in the warmer during the session.
Some massage studios and spas use hot stones exclusively during a session, but we like to utilize the stones and a combination of traditional Swedish massage and deep tissue techniques. We feel that combining hand techniques and hot stones is especially beneficial to induce deep relaxation and relief of stress in the muscles.
If you are looking for the most relaxing experience or a chill recovery session after a race or sporting event, I suggest you give this massage treatment a try; the deep heat that is brought by the stones is quite beneficial for muscle recovery and has a positive anti-inflammatory response on the muscle.
If you are a person who does not enjoy heat or gets warm, this might not be the best choice for you, as you will be warmer; for us in Texas, this is a session most ideally done October through May, but of course, it is available all year!