Hot Stone Massage
HOT STONE MASSAGE BUYERS GUIDE
What Exactly Is Hot Stone Massage?
Hot stone massage involves the use of warmed stones to relax and relieve tension in the body's muscles and tissues. The soothing heat from the massage stones helps to promote a sense of deep relaxation, allowing for more effective penetration with each stroke. During the session, hot rocks are placed strategically on targeted points along the spine, hands, feet, and other areas of the body to provide an effective massage experience with an additional therapeutic element. With a rich history dating back to ancient Egypt, this age-old healing therapy has been used across the globe - from Native American sweat lodge ceremonies to the Indian practice of Ayurveda. But what is it about adding heated rocks to a massage that makes this practice remain relevant?
In the early 1990’s Arizona native, Mary Nelson-Hannigan introduced LaStone Therapy. This groundbreaking methodology incorporated the use of both heated and cooled stones strategically placed to open up the energy channels (Chakras) of the body. A true testament to Nelson-Hannigan’s innovation, a form of hot stone massage can be found in nearly every modern-day spa and salon worldwide. In addition to full body massage, hot stones are used to enhance facial treatments, pedicures, and manicures.
Benefits of Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage can provide many therapeutic and restorative benefits. The warmth soothes sore and tired muscles by using smooth basalt stones heated to a comfortable temperature, relieving tension and stress. The heat helps to relax the muscles allowing deeper manipulation of the muscle tissues which aids in improving circulation and helps with general well-being.
Hot stone massage therapy is believed to:
- Improve joint flexibility
- Eliminate metabolic wastes
- Assist in emotional relaxation and mental clarity
- Provide uplifting energy
In addition to its beneficial effects, this type of massage produces a calming effect that revitalizes one's spirit by stimulating both the body and energy pathways for improved overall health and vitality. Learn more about the benefits of hot stone massage here.
HOT STONE MASSAGE BEST SELLING PRODUCTS
Best Oil for Hot Stone Massage
Amber's Hot Stone Massage Oil pairs perfectly with Massage Stones to deeply relax the muscles by providing proper slip and glide for effective hot stone massage. The oil is formulated to be put directly onto the client's skin as well as rubbed over the stones. Non-greasy, the formula hydrates while providing a relaxing massage experience for the client.
Available in a variety of fragrances including Geranium Sage, Green Tea Mint, Lavender Aphrodisia, Tangerine Basil, Unscented, and Vanilla Lemongrass.
Best Hot Stones for Massage - Fingers & Toes
Amber Spa Product's set of 8 small, thin basalt stones for placement between the fingers and toes.
Use Amber Cozy Toe Massage Stones as the perfect addition to any foot massage or hot stone massage therapy treatment to truly relax and rejuvenate your clients. These stones can be used warm or cool and easily place in between the toes, providing an extra level of comfort. They are also an excellent add-on service for manicures - no matter how tired or dry the hands are, these stones offer a much-needed massage for ultimate relaxation.
Best Hot Stones for Massage - Arms, Legs & Back
Medium Massage Basalt Hot Stones are perfect for use in large or bony areas such as the arms, legs and back. They can be used for direct pressure, or to protect the therapist's hands. The ability to hold heat or cold, and the generally smooth texture of the stones make them ideal for contact with the skin. If used properly, these stones can help bring relaxation, healing and stimulation to damaged or weary muscles and tissue. They can be used on high energy or high stress regions of the body, enhancing relaxation, harmony and rejuvenation. Set comes with 8 medium stones.
Please note: Basalt stones are typically a shade of gray and turn black when used with massage oil.
Best Hot Stones for Massage - Complete Set
Amber's Signature Massage Stone Set is the perfect tool for any massage therapy professional. Crafted from natural stones, this set includes different sizes, shapes, and textures to give a complete full-body massage experience. The carefully chosen selection of materials helps to ensure optimal pressure balance and release as rocks slide across the skin. This set also encourages relaxation, allowing stress and tension to flow out of your body during each massage session. With its variety of tools, the Amber Signature Massage Stone Set allows you to deliver the best therapeutic massage results every time.
Set Includes: 8 large stones, 1 contour stone, 19 medium stones, 2 trigger point stones, 15 small stones, 8 cozy stones, 8 chakra stones, and an instructional DVD.
Best All-in-One Hot Stone Massage Product
Innovative Med-Stone Products are handcrafted to maintain the finest elements of the earth. Because the stoneware is made from a natural clay body, it is a great conductor of heat. The high-fired glaze outer shell makes the stone non-porous allowing use of any lotion, cream, oil or cleaner without harm.
Med-Stones take less than two minutes to heat, last for up to two hours per charge and take two minutes to clean. With heat generated from the bottom only, the top half remains cool and comfortable for the therapist’s hands. They can be used directly on the skin with any cream, oil or lotion and can be safely used over clothing. These innovative massage tools enhance the hot stone massage experience and allow a therapist to bring a "warm stone infusion" anywhere! Rechargeable and adjustable to individualize the massage experience for your client.
Best Hot Stone Warmer - Standard Size
The NRG brand Professional Hot Stone Massage Warmer offers digital control allowing you to precisely control the temperature of your stones before, during and after the treatment. This unit is roomy enough for a set of 60-90 stones and the heater pan is porcelain coated for durability. Temperature range is 105°F to 150°F.
- Interior: 22"(L) x 15" (W) x 5.5" (H)
- Exterior : 24" (L) x 15" (W) x 12" (H)
Best Mini Hot Stone Warmer
Amber Spa Product's portable hot stone heating unit is perfect for facial, manicure, and pedicure massage therapy treatments. The warming device has an adjustable temperature control that allows stones to be heated to the perfect temperature.
- 5.3"H x 6.4"D
- 20 small stone or 10-12 large stone capacity
- Cover included
Best Hot Stone Massage Kit
Contrast therapy is a great way to help treat pain, stiffness and relax your client. The new signature hot and cold stone package features our new 18-quart Digital Professional Stone Warmer, luxurious and precisely cut marble stone, and more! Digital temperature controls on the new warmer allow you to precisely set and control the temperature up to 160° of your stone warmer.
Massage Stone Kit Includes:
- Deluxe Massage Stones, Set of 50
- Basic Marble Body Set, 6 piece
- Lotus Touch Massage Oil, 8 oz
- Digital Stone Warmer, 18 qt
PEOPLE ALSO ASK
How do I properly heat massage stones?
Stones should be heated in water to a temperature between 130 - 145 degrees. The safe, professional way to heat the stones is with a hot stone warmer. To avoid uneven temperatures, using a microwave or slow cooker is not recommended.
What do I need to get started?
Adding hot stone massage to your treatment menu is a relatively small investment in relation to the potential return. To help you get started, we offer a number of hot stone kits or you can purchase the products individually.