Hot Stone Therapy
HOT STONE is our signature volcanic stone treatment known for its therapeutic qualities and restorative effects. Ideal for those experiencing high degrees of stress, muscle spasms and tension, and issues with falling asleep, HOT STONE seeks to melt away muscle tension, decrease stress and anxiety levels, and improve the body’s metabolism and circulation. The sensational feeling of the hot stones placed along your body will induce a deep sense of calm and rejuvenation, allowing you to sink into a deeply relaxed and satisfied state.
Our stones are made of basalt, a type of volcanic rock that is known to be rich in iron and especially good for retaining heat. First heated to 145 degrees in hot water before being placed strategically along key points on the back, stomach, and face, the heat and energy of the smooth stones will permeate your body and soul, allowing you to fully absorb the reparative and therapeutic effects of the HOT STONE treatment.
After placing the hot stones along the body, our therapists will proceed to perform a customized massage incorporating the hot stones. By first applying gentle, soothing pressure to the stones, your muscles are able to absorb the heat from the volcanic rock, making your muscles more flexible and ready for deeper massage. Our therapists will then utilize the heated stones to massage your entire body, creating a deeply relaxing and rejuvenating experience. For those with sensitive skin or prior skin damage, we use a thin layer of cloth to separate the stones from skin, allowing your body to acclimate to the heat of the stones before the cloth is optionally removed.
The heat from the stones increases blood flow to the affected areas, thereby increasing circulation and nutrient delivery throughout the body. As a result, muscle tension and stiffness melt away, as do the stresses and anxieties that occupy your mind and soul. In addition, the increased circulation allows for more efficient and abundant oxygen delivery to the muscle tissues, which can often help alleviate nagging aches or muscle pains.
For those seeking Santa Monica Massage Co.'s holistic stone massage package, ask our therapists about our cold stone treatment. Upon request, we reserve the last third of your HOT STONE treatment for our signature cold stone therapy. In contrast to the hot stones made of volcanic rock, our cold stones are made of marble, known to be the ideal material for stimulating metabolism and promoting the healing of tissue and bone. Our therapists will alternate with both the cold and hot stones to create a dynamic and refreshing experience to maximize your healing and relaxation.
Our HOT STONE treatment is known to directly address the pains and psychological stresses that come with living as a modern human. A gentler massage that focuses on sensation and relaxation as opposed to the more involved techniques of myofascial release or deep tissue massage, our HOT STONE treatment will take you to an alternate reality of comfort and bliss. It is the perfect treatment for those seeking a better quality of sleep, reduced levels of anxiety, and overall relief from tension and pain.
HOT STONE is available in 60 and 75 minute increments.
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