Hot Stone Massage

Thermotherapy

Hot stone massage is a specialty massage that involves the application of smooth, heated stones to the body within the context of a therapeutic massage. The heat along with oil and steady pressure, warms muscles, tendons, and ligaments, which can improve flexability, reduce stress, relieve chronic pain, and promote deep relaxation. The heated stones help to expand blood vessels, improving overall circulation while stimulating the immune system.

However, hot stone massage is not suitable for everyone. There are risks associated with performing this type of massage on individuals with the conditions listed below. You must inform your massage therapist if you have any of the following conditions which may make hot stone massage contraindicated or may require your therapist to alter the massage.

• Pregnancy
• Blood clot(s)
• Diabetes
• Neuropathy
• Inflammatory skin conditions
• Open wounds or sores
• Peripheral vascular disease
• Hypotension or Hypertension
• Heat sensitivity
• Compromised immune system
• Varicose veins
• Edema or Lymphedema
• Cardiovascular disease
• Cancer (with or without treatment)
• Autoimmune condition (MS, Lupus, RA)

If you are unsure if hot stone massage is right for you, please ask your doctor.