DOS AND DON’TS
This treatment is contraindicated to guests with high blood pressure, heart problems, sun-burn, eczema or any kind of open cuts or skin damage or irritation. Chu adds, “Hot Stone massage is not appropriate if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or are on medication that thins your blood. It’s not suitable for pregnant women either.”
Another important aspect is the skill of the therapist. It is important to find a skilled and well-trained therapist who understands that stones are an addition to any massage technique, not a replacement. If a therapist is not well-trained or does not understand how to use stones, a guest could experience discomfort, as the stones could be used over bone, or hit bones when working on a deep tissue level, which can be very uncomfortable.
Codner expounds, “Stones are an extension of the therapist’s work, a marriage of harmonies between the therapist, the stones and the client. Therapists are taught to work with the clients’ breath by placing stones on the body while the client inhales and removing the stones when the client exhales. In hot stone and energy work, therapists are trained to move in one direction around the body, so as not to shift the flow of energies that are created during a stone treatment.”