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Video:Hot Stone Massage

with Nicole Gillman

Hot stone massages are a detoxifying type of massage that you can now find at most spas, but are they right for you? See a hot stone massage treatment and decide for yourself.See Transcript

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Transcript:Hot Stone Massage

Hi, I'm Nicole Gillman here at Ohm Spa. We are going to do an introduction of hot stone massage for About.com.

What is a Hot Stone Massage?

Hot stone therapy is a highly detoxifying type of massage. The stones themselves actually become the tools that you use, and the heat helps to relax the muscles and assimilate the circulation, allowing the toxins to come up to the surface of the skin. At the same time, we incorporate a Swedish massage technique, or you could also incorporate a Shiatsu Massage, and depending on those two, you can help to release the muscle even further, because of the heat.

Hot Stone Massage Temperature

So the first thing I am going to do is to take my stones out. So I just take out a few stones, because I am going to allow them to cool off, and while they are cooling off, I am going to apply some oil. You want to make sure the body is nice and well-oiled when you are doing your hot stone massage, so that way the stones glide easily.

Hot Stone Massage Treatment

Now because the temperature of the stones is very hot, it could be a little extreme when you initially touch the skin. So I just like to roll them in my hands a little bit and allow the heat and warmth of the stones to generate into my hand -- and then introduce the warmth through my hand first. And then we can go right in to utilizing the stones. I am really just going right in, like we would do Swedish work. We would go right into the muscle tissues and working the muscles as I would with my hands, but with the actual warmth of the stones.

And you have to be mindful when you are working with stones on a client, because the stones are stones, and they are very hard. So you can tend to sometimes go a little too deep, so you have to always check in with your client, make sure the temperature of the stones and the pressure is okay.

We use probably about twenty to twenty-five stones within a session. They vary in size so you can work different areas of the body.

Hot Stone Massage on the Feet

The stones feel so amazing on the feet. On the feet is where we have our reflex points. So basically we have are certain energetic points that are in association with the whole body, mostly the organ systems. We have energetic pathways that are in association with the organ systems that run throughout the whole body. So when you are working the feet it is just complete relaxation.

And now I am going to have my client turn over so we can work the front side of the body.

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