We all live busy lives, so wouldn’t you like to just relax and let all your cares and worries float away?
If so, a hot stone massage is just the ticket!
This popular thermal stone massage is a delightfully relaxing and serene treatment using warm basalt stones to massage the body from head-to-toe.
It’s a wonderfully warming treatment that works on energy points located throughout the body to rebalance and harmonise. The muscles are relaxed and rejuvenated in a sensation totally unique to hot stone massage.
The gentle pressure from the stones, along with the accompanying massage, has the effect of wiping out tension and literally making you feel like you’re walking on air.
Hot stone massage is different from other types of massage because it uses smooth, heated stones. These are usually Basalt river rocks, simply because they don’t have any jagged edges and they are at just the right weight to add the perfect amount of pressure.
These stones are also very effective at heating up and holding their heat for the duration of the treatment.
Your massage therapist will place the gently heated stones on energy points throughout the body. The warmth helps you to relax and the weight also plays a part too.
The stones help your massage therapist to use a slightly deeper pressure during the actual massage, giving you greater benefit and helping you to feel more relaxed as a result.
Many people wonder ‘what is a hot stone massage therapy’ and then panic when they hear about heated stones. Don’t worry, these stones aren’t super-heavy boulders and they’re not that hot either!
The stones are small enough to hold in the palm of your hand and they’re warmed up using a special heater, ensuring they’re the perfect temperature, but not hot enough to burn or cause discomfort.
The origins of hot stone massage therapy are somewhat disputed, but most people agree that the treatment originated in China around 2,000 years ago. During this time, heated stones were used widely in Chinese medicine to help boost the function of important internal organs.
From there, the relaxing element was discovered, making this treatment a mainstay in spas worldwide.
Of course, you want to know about the benefits of hot stone full body massage before you have one! Aside from being super relaxing, this treatment has many other benefits too:
So, if you’re wondering if a hot stone massage is good for you, the answer is yes!
Treatments will vary slightly depending the spa that you’re visiting, but at our Bluewater Spa, you’ll be asked to lay face down, then your massage therapist will place a large heated stone on the base of your spine.
The warmth and pressure will have an instant soothing effect, and the gentle music and ambience of the room will also play their part. Your massage therapist will then massage your legs, remove the stone and massage your back.
They will then turn you onto your front and place a large stone on your stomach, massage the front of your legs and feet, arms and hands, décolleté and face, using cold stones on your temples.
A hot stone massage uses Swedish massage techniques, with various pressures. The main techniques are kneading, circular pressure, long strokes, and tapping or vibration.
At the end of the massage, the stones are carefully removed, and you’re left to lay still for a few minutes, coming back into the room and feeling completely and utterly relaxed!
Hot stone massage isn’t painful at all! The stones are warm, but not hot, and the warmth will feel pleasant and emit a tingling sensation along your spine, or wherever they are used.
Your massage therapist will use a specialist heater for the stones, which is set to a precise temperature. This ensures that the stones do not become too hot and cause discomfort or burning.
The massage itself is a little deeper than a regular massage, simply because the warmth allows the muscles to relax and your massage therapist can then apply a little more pressure to work out those muscles and release any tension.
However, your therapist will always ask you whether the depth and pressure is okay for you and if you feel like it’s too much, simply let them know and they’ll adjust accordingly.
You will feel completely relaxed and energised by this massage, with no pain felt in the slightest.
So if you’re asking yourself ‘what is a hot stone massage like’, the best way to describe it is relaxing and serene. The heat and the pressure, combined with the effects of the massage, help you to drift away to a place where cares don’t exist.
You might feel like you’re floating, and some people even fall asleep!
After enjoying such a pleasant experience in our spa, you’ll want that feeling of bliss to last as long as possible! To retain the positive health benefits of your spa treatment for as long as possible, there’s a little aftercare advice you could follow:
Focusing on health and wellbeing is never time wasted and with so much stress floating around the world at the moment, surely an hour or so invested in yourself is a good thing?
Our hot stone massage ‘Rocks of the Mediterranean’ will take those cares away and allow you to completely enjoy your time in our hotel and around Bournemouth overall.
We don’t just offer hot stone massages in our spa, take a look at our wide range or massages and spa treatments. Plus, we have an indoor swimming pool, steam room and sauna, fully equipped gym and a relaxation lounge.