So we have a new service her at Fusion but you’re wondering why it might be something you’d be interested in. Isn’t that the pink salt that they try to get you to put in your food? What is so great about it?
Traditional Basalt Hot Stone Massage
I’m glad you asked. If you’ve been around massage for long I’m sure you’ve seen Hot Stone Massage offered. Traditional hot stone is preformed with Basalt Stones or even River Rock depending on what the therapist can afford. Basalt stones are used because they are smooth and retain heat well.
In preparation for you massage a therapist will heat the stones until they are between 110 and 130 degrees Fahrenheit. They then use the stones statically placed over the sheet on your body (this helps to avoid the skin getting too hot and burning) and then the therapist will use the stones in their hands to preform a traditional Swedish massage.
There are many benefits to getting a hot stone massage. Clients usually find it deeply relaxing. People that tend to feel chilly love the warmth it provides. On my end of the table it helps your muscles to relax so that I can get deeper into your muscles with less pressure and without your muscles fighting me back. There isn’t a huge amount of research on the scientific benefits of hot stone yet but clients find it helpful with anxiety, back pain, depression, and insomnia.
Himalayan Salt Stone Massage
So why the pink salt instead? Himalayan salt has gained a lot of popularity in the last few years. You can find it in homes across the world in the form of everything from cooking salt to salt lamps.
It has many benefits for clients, including:
- anti-bacterial properties
- natural anti-inflammatory
- when heated, negative ions are released into the air, aiding in purification
- trace minerals that may aid in alleviating muscle cramps
- skin smoothing through light exfoliation
- contains 84 minerals, including
- 98% sodium chloride (salt)
- trace amounts of Magnesium
- 4th most abundant mineral in the body
- found in the bones, muscles, and soft tissues
- helps with energy creation, protein formation, gene maintenance, movement, and nervous system regulation
- trace amounts of Calcium
- helps build bones and teeth
- sends nerve signals
- helps muscles contract
- trace amounts of Potassium
- helps regulate blood pressure
- helps in regulating water balance
- helps muscle contraction
- helps nerve impulses
- helps in heart rhythm
- helps maintain pH balance
- Full list available upon request
Himalayan salt stones come in a variety of shapes and sizes to be used on different parts of the body so your massage can be customized to be exactly what you need!
What to Expect
Before you come in for your massage I will clean the stones and begin heating them to a temperature between 130 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. When you arrive, if you haven’t already, you will be asked to fill out a client intake form and a hot stone release form. You will then be escorted back to the massage room where we will discuss the massage and what you are expecting. You will then be given time to disrobe to your comfort level. (remember if you want a certain area of your body worked on I have to be able to reach the skin).
I will then apply massage oil to your skin and use both the warm stones and my hands to perform your massage.
Who Shouldn’t Get a Hot Stone Massage
Himalayan Salt Stone Massage is generally considered safe when performed by a trained and licensed massage therapist, but it is not right for everyone. In addition to general contraindications for all massage, any hot stone massage has some specific contraindications. Consult your doctor if you have a medical condition, such as uncontrolled high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, varicose veins, migraines, autoimmune disease, decreased pain sensitivity (neuropathy), cancer, autoimmune disease, epilepsy, tumors, or metal implants, or are on medication that thins the blood. Any broken or irritated skin is also a contraindication. It’s not usually a good idea to “pour salt” into an open wound.
Also, check with your doctor if you have had recent surgery, recent accident or have recent wounds or areas of weakened or inflamed skin. (Most of these will require that you bring me a doctors note that clears you.) All clients will be evaluated on an individual bases before every appointment.
Hopefully that clears up any questions you might have! If you have any other questions or would like to schedule your massage you can click here or call/text 308.708.7636.