Ahhhh, hot stone massage
Cool, crisp mornings and fresh snow on the peaks... Fall has arrived. Change is in the air. For me in massage, it's time to bring out the stones. These beautiful, smooth, heavy Mexican river rocks are a sublime addition to a "regular" massage session. Incorporating hot stones helps amplify the benefits of massage such as allowing the tissues to relax more easily, improving circulation, opening energetic pathways in the body, and creating an opportunity to drop a bit more deeply into the body.
Using hot stones in massage and for healing has been around for thousands of years in almost every culture from the Ancient Chinese to the Egyptians to the Native Americans. The benefits are wide-ranging and the effects long-lasting. Each session might be different and often varies from practitioner to practitioner. Often I will simply place the stones at various points on the back, head, hands, and/or feet while other times I will actually massage with them. I use them to enhance the massage, to allow the body to open in a slightly different way. Some find this to be a deeply relaxing, grounding and healing experience.
If you'd like to experience the gifts of Hot Stone Massage, do let me know. I can include this in any session at no additional cost.
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Melissa Harth massage therapist
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