What is Hot Stone Massage

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STOP! Hold The Stones …

While Hot Stone massages may be warm and wondrous, they are not for everyone.  I find that people who tend to run hot, have a lot of heat in their skin, hair and face (reddish toned skin and hair) people who do not enjoy heat or hot showers, should either not have this treatment, asks the therapist to use only warm not hot stones, or only have a cold stone massage.  A hot stone massage for these people may make them feel agitated, angry or annoyed.    If you decide to try a hot stone massage and you find yourself not being able to relax, you may want to ask the therapist to stop and proceed with a different type of massage. 

Contraindications to Hot Stone Massage

If you have any of the following medical health conditions, hot stone massage should be avoided entirely or on isolated areas of the body where there may be certain injuries or illnesses, such as:

  • Recent burns (including sun burn)
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Cancerous tumors
  • Myocardial infarction.
  • Pregnancy
  • People with skin conditions such as eczema, rashes, acne and psoriasis should avoid the heat
  • People with numb skin due to skin graphing or neuropathy should be extra cautious.
  • Anyone on medication that causes skin hypersensitivity (i.e., antibiotics, Accutane) should wait until they are off the medication.
  • People with heart conditions should avoid the extreme contrast between heated and cooled stones so as not to shock their delicate systems.
  • Diabetes
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • Uncontrolled Hypertension
  • Fever
  • Open Wounds or Skin Lesions
  • Acute Inflammation
  • Sternal/Pectoralis Stones during Lactation
  • Any other condition which makes massage or heat applications inadvisable
  • Individuals suffering from thrombosis, blood clot and other cardiovascular diseases should seek the advice of a health care practitioner in your area to ensure safety before undergoing hot stone massage therapy

Those new to hot stone massage, though are warned about the potential dangers of this technique, as it could raise a person’s blood pressure. Therefore, it is not recommended for pregnant and hypertensive women so please tell your therapist if you are, or think you might be, pregnant or have any of the above medical conditions.

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