What is Hot Stone Massage?
The use of stones and gemstones for healing purposes dates back thousands of years.
Verbal and written history confirms that the Chinese used heated stones over two thousand years ago as a means of improving the function of internal organs. Stones were used for healing work in Native America, South America, Africa, Europe, Egypt & India. These traditions included laying stones in patterns on the body, carrying or wearing stones for health and protection, using stones in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and ceremonial uses, such as in sweat lodges and medicine wheels. The healing practices of "curanderas" and other women caregivers often included dealing with disease as well as pregnancy and childbirth. These Native folk healers used heated stones to diminish the discomfort of menstruation, and the application of cold stones to slow bleeding after labor. Some sources cite instances of cultures in which women believed that holding stones during labor added to their strength and endurance.
Ancient Greek and Roman cultures have a long recorded history of many forms of massage and bodywork. The Roman Empire, which dates from 27 BCE to 476 CE, is noted for its creation of the Roman baths. That tradition is still with us today in the form of modern hydrotherapy practices. The Romans used stones in saunas and combined the effects of hot immersion baths with the cooling effects of marble stone and cold pools.
1 hour session: $80
Hot Stone Facial Therapy
Using contrast hydrotherapy, hot and cold stones are gliding along the face to firm the skin and bring more blood flow to the face. The arms, shoulders, neck and feet are massaged with warm stones. Warm toes stones are inserted between each toe. The traditional ayurvedic marma point facial sequence is incorporated with finger like stones, rejuvenating the eyes and the skin. Aromatic mists and anti-oxidant oils are used along with sinus clearing oils and stones. A refreshing, invigorating treatment for everyone!
The thermogenic and energetic benefits of the stones turns facials into therapeutic sessions designed to rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit. Through the use of hot and cold stones we can transform an ordinary facial into a total relaxation experience.
45-minute session: $110