Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage is a specialty massage that uses smooth, heated stones. They are often basalt; a black volcanic rock that absorbs and retains heat well. It is a deeply soothing, relaxing form of massage. The heat from the stones help tight muscles relax and increase the blood flow to the area being worked, which further accelerates the healing process. The heat also greatly aids in mental relaxation.
Cold Stone Massage
Cold stone massage provides many benefits. It is helpful for sports injuries, sinus problems, menstrual symptoms, circulation, and energy levels. It provides stress relief and helps the body relax. This type of massage is also effective at allowing the mind to release feelings of trauma and anxiety. Marble stones are used with this treatment.
While this form of massage is soothing and effective, it is not meant for everyone. Clients with heart ailments, sensitivity to cold/hot temperatures or issues with skin inflammation should avoid this treatment. Always check with your doctor if you are questioning if this therapy is right for you.