When people typically think of massage, they are usually referring to Swedish massage – the most popular type of massage in the United States. It involves the therapeutic manipulation of muscles with a variety of hand movements.
The long, gliding strokes called effleurage; kneading movements, called petrissage; and percussive techniques, called tapotement, relieve muscular tension, stimulate circulation, and engage your parasympathetic nervous system to induce feelings of deep relaxation and tranquility.
Many therapeutic massage sessions will begin with Swedish massage strokes to warm up the tissues before using more specific techniques. Light or strong pressure can be used during the treatment. Pure Swedish massage combines well with a customized aromatherapy blend, if desired.
If you are experiencing mental or physical stress, the deep penetrating heat of a Hot Stone massage can bring about immediate relaxation of both the mind and body. Incorporating the traditional strokes of Swedish and Deep Tissue massage with basalt stones heated in a water bath to approximately 130 degrees allows the therapist access to the deeper layer of the muscles as the heat of the stones relaxes the tissue and fascia. The hot stones have a sedative effect that can relieve chronic pain, reduce stress and promote deep relaxation. Heat from the hot stones help muscles release more quickly than in traditional massage.
Any condition requiring caution with heat therapies such as saunas also calls for caution with heated stones. If you are pregnant, have high pressure, heart disease, diabetes, M.S. or are under the care of a physician for any other reason, please consult with your physician and massage therapist before receiving stone massage.