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A hot stone massage is a form of specialty massage during which the therapist uses smooth, heated stones. These stones can be used as extensions of the therapist‘s hands, or they can be placed in specific locations. The heat from the stones warms up tense muscles and is deeply relaxing, allowing the massage therapist to work more deeply.
Originally performed by Native Americans as a means of treating sore muscles, the origins of modern hot stone massage can be traced back to Tucson, Arizona native, Mary Nelson. Today, many places, including Denver South Chiropractic, offer hot stone massages.
What to Expect During Your Hot Stone Massage
Prior to your arrival, your Denver massage therapist will sanitize stones and warm them in a bath of hot water. Basalt stones are typically used as they retain heat well and they have smooth surfaces that are desirable for this purpose.
You will lie face down on a massage table, and your therapist will warm up your body using traditional Swedish massage techniques prior to massaging you with heated stones. As one stone cools, it is replaced by another. During your massage, your therapist will use several stones that vary in size and shape. Typically, large stones are used on large muscles while smaller ones are used on smaller muscles.
During your massage, your therapist may also place heated stones on certain parts of your body, such as along the spine, on your belly, in your hands or even between your toes as a method of improving the flow of energy through our body.
If, at any point, you feel that the stones or too warm or the pressure applied is intense, please speak up. Your therapist is committed to your comfort and well-being and will adjust your massage as needed.
Hot Stone Massage in Denver
Hot stone massages should only be performed by highly-trained individuals who possess the proper certifications, such as the massage therapists here at Denver South Chiropractic. When you choose us for hot stone massage in Denver, you will receive a professional and relaxing massage from a massage therapist who specializes in this unique treatment.
To schedule your hot stone massage or to learn more about this treatment and its benefits, please call 303-757-7272.