The massage therapy industry is a continuously evolving sector. Different techniques emerge from time to time. One of the newest forms of therapy right now is the use of chilled marble stones. Basalt river rocks are used for this type of therapy because they are smooth and are able to retain heat well. When used in massage & training, stones can warm and relax muscles. It is great for full body massage training because it allows a massage therapist to apply deeper pressure to the muscles without causing discomfort. When considering the use of chilled marble stones, you should be able to fully explain to your customers the importance of cold stones.
Not all stones are created equal
When it comes to stone massage therapy, you need to bear in mind that there are stones that are great and others that are not so great. By providing massage & training to your staff, the difference between great and not so great will become tied to the kind of service that your client will expect from you. They might think that stones are merely stone placements and gentle massage strokes.
Safety First Approach
Before the start of any session, your clients should be informed that they are in control when it comes to the temperature of the stone and how it will affect or support their body. Full body massage training requires that you must make the customer feel confident that they can request for the adjustment of the stone temperature depending on their comfort level. Prior to the session, you should have the client accomplish an in-depth Client Information for you to fully understand the health and constitution of the client.
Hot or Cold?
In stone massage, it is important that the body should be able to determine if the temperature being offered to the muscle tissues will be a threat or can maintain homeostasis as the temperature is maintained at the highest degree it was first initiated. The “convection” phase, that is the first few moments the mind is determining if the temperature can support or challenge the body. This is important so that the body can relax into the temperature being maintained.
Stones for relief
Proper stone therapy techniques can help eliminate stress and strain on the hands, wrists, and arms of the therapist. Applying stone therapy requires proper body mechanics to help protect your wrists and hands. The hand and body positions are similar whether you are working with basalt or marble stones. However, the pressure and pace will vary.
Why use cold stones?
Before, over 75% of hot stone massage therapists do not use cold stones in treating their customers but that is starting to change. Cool stones offer the following benefits to customers:
- The cold temperature of these stones can help reduce soreness when working deeper and longer sessions
- The cold stones have the ability to pull excess heat out of the body during longer sessions. The excess heat in the body may cause nausea and the body feeling overly sore the following day
- Cold stones can help strengthen the systems of the body on a cellular level as it challenges the standard temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit