Healing Hot Stone Therapy
It is the practice of applying specifically hand-picked stones from the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, Great Lakes and riverbeds of the Maritimes. Each stone is heated and applied to specific areas of the body to penetrate deeply, prompting profound relaxation, increased detoxification, and relief of muscle tension, stress and fatigue. By combining massage therapy with these hot stones, the circulatory system is both stimulated and relaxed. This circulatory activity promotes the release of toxins from the muscles, assisting the body in self-healing. In addition, tense muscles are also softened and eased by the deeply penetrating heat of the stones. Pain and muscle spasms are banished and a feeling of calmness and spiritual well-being takes hold. The combined effect inspires a state of enriched relaxation that washes away stress and sets the stage for rejuvenating the body, mind and spirit.
What is a Session Like?
The stones are heated to approximately 120°F or 50°C in a hot bath of water. The treatment begins by lying on your stomach. The hot, flat stones are placed on your body in alignment with your spine, pelvis and legs. Approximately 50 stones are used and are at one time ALL on your body. The stones are then covered with a blanket to retain the heat.
Hot smooth stones are held in your palms. While all these stones are providing concentrated centres of heat, you are then massaged with oiled heated stones with firm strokes along the muscles of the legs, arms and back. Thin warm stones are placed between each toe and finger to radiate heat. Once your back and each limb has been thoroughly massaged and warmed to the bone, the stones are taken off your body and you turn face-up on the massage table.
Hot stones are placed on your legs, under your ankles, above the heart, on your abdomen, around your face and under the neck. With heat penetrating from above and beneath the body, the massage continues. Hot stones are used to massage your neck, shoulders and then your feet. Falling into a deep state of relaxation or meditating through a treatment is absolutely natural and Okay.
It is advised to take your time getting up after the treatment, since you may feel dizzy. Sitting quietly for a few minutes on the table while you do a few mild stretches is encouraged. Drinking water after the treatment is recommended and to remain relaxed for the next hour with no strenuous activities.
If you have Thrombosis (Blood Clots) or suspect you may have, this treatment is not recommended. The reason is that the heat and massage relaxes and opens blood vessels. The blood clot could be released and it may travel to your brain, heart or lungs. Individuals at HIGH RISK for Thrombosis:
Recent surgery and/or fracture
Bedridden or immobilized for more than 24 hours
Those who have recently been on a long, high altitude flight and have leg pain
Elderly with dark purple hands and feet
Women using oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy that smoke, 30+ years of age and are complaining of leg pain.
If you have any skin infections or rashes, these conditions are contagious. Once the condition is healed, you may return to having treatments.
If you recently had surgery, bone fracture or muscle strain, a serious heart condition, fever, pregnant, are taking blood thinner/muscle relaxants medication, (untreated) high blood pressure, and/or have heat sensitivity (including neuropathy); this treatment is not recommended.
Must be over 16 years of age.
If you have one of the conditions listed, please call before your appointment to discuss the reasons behind these cautions and other therapeutic options available to you. A doctors note may be required to do this type of treatment.
Who Should NOT Have This Treatment?
Fees For Healing Hot Stone Therapy?
$110 for 75 Minutes Treatment
Direct Billing to Veterans Affairs & RCMP, also to most insurance policies such as: Blue Cross, Sunlife, Manulife, Great West Life, Johnson, MVA etc for Massage Therapy.