Hot stones, warmed by fire, have been used by native Americans to give relief to aching muscles. However, the present-day use of hot stones in massage therapy is attributed to Mary Nelson, a native of Tucson, Arizona. Her style of hot stone massage was trademarked as LaStone Therapy, which has a North American spiritual component and requires training and certification.
In the present-day massage therapy practice, hot stone massage is a speciality massage where smooth, heated stones are used by the therapist by placing them or rubbing them on the body. The heat from the stones leads to deep relaxation and to warming up of the tight muscles enabling the therapist to work more deeply and more quickly.
For hot stone massage therapy, the therapists mostly use basalt stones mainly because of their various properties that include their non-porosity, their smoothness and their ability to retain heat longer than any other type of stone. Moreover, these beautiful stones come in different sizes. For performing specific massage strokes, the massage therapist places smaller tooling stones and for treatment for a longer time, he places the larger placement stones at one spot of the body. Moreover, the therapist gives slow and gentle strokes in a way that people feel grounded, comforted and calm. Some massage therapists use the energy lines or meridians of the body to place hot stones for energy work. By doing so, movement of energy known as qi or chi is stimulated and in this way the effects of stress are eliminated and healing is facilitated. Hot stone massages also help in releasing toxins, relieving pain and improving circulation. People who have experienced massage with heat get so many healing properties that they keep coming back for these massages.
If the idea of going to a spa makes you nervous, you're not alone. Many people have their first spa experience when they get a gift card to a
day spa. Some people don't even use it because they're anxious about what will happen and the finer points of spa etiquette.
Most of us make our decisions based on convenience—what's close by, and within my budget? But there are other things you should take into account. Look for friendly, nurturing staff, from the person at the front desk to the massage therapists, estheticians, nail technicians, and make-up artists. Of course, all therapists should be licensed. (If the treatments are really cheap, this might be one reason.)
A well-trained staff starts with the person at the front desk, so if we're not polite over the phone—forget it. When you arrive, you want a quiet, relaxing, well-designed environment with soothing music, low lighting, and pleasant aromas that is also clean and sanitary. you will find special equipment such as hydrotherapy tubs, whirlpool tubs, steam rooms, sauna, steam cabinets, Vichy shower, etc.