I have had several Synery Hot Stone Massages and I think these are the very best hot stones ever! I have lots of back, neck and hip problems, and these hot stones are used in a way I've never experienced hot stone massage before. They are hand-made, different shapes and give your body more heat. I was impressed the first time by how good it felt, but now I'm impressed by how much it's helping my body. My massage therapist really can dig into my sore spots for a deep hot massage which melts my knots, or can give me an entirely relaxing soothing hot stone massage. I cannot say enough about them. These stones are apparently new, but I'm sure they will catch on fast since it's so much more than just a hot stone massage!!
If you have back strain, this really works.
My son had a girlfriend that was into the stones. After my son was back from the service he suffered from back strain. She applied the stones and gave him instant relief. He has been passing the word since. I suffer from a back aliment myself and I am convinced, The stones has helped me.
This massage is hot, hot, hot!
Do you like hot baths? Hot tubs? Warm water? If so, you need to sign up for a hot stone massage. Now! Don't be afraid. Hot stone massages aren't what you think. They aren't bumpy rocks. And, no, they aren't scalding hot.
They are super smooth, flat, rounded stones that are heated up (in what looks like a crock pot) to soften up your muscles. They are simply divine and they do require special certification to perform them (at least that is what I have been told).
Here's generally how it works:
1. You show up at your appointment and you soak your feet in hot water for a few minutes.
2. You then lie down and they put 5 stones down your spine (keep in mind they are mostly flat) and you simply lay on them. Yes, there is a towel between you and the stones.
3. They then put a few down the front of your chest and stomach (wrapped in cloths)
4. And, of course, a few on your neck and a big one in each of your hands.
Now that you have gotten heated up (hehe), the masseuse will start the actual massage. They put the stones in their hands and massage away. They are able to get additional pressure because they have object in their hands. Now, again, they are smooth and shaped in different sizes, so they can clearly manipulate any part you need "working".
Hot stone massages are simply divine. They tend to be a little pricier than average, but a great way to feel rejuvenated. Definitely worth the extra expense.
I have been to two different salons for hot stone massages and never gotten the same person. Yet, ironically, my experience was always consistent.
In fact, I threw out my back a few days ago and had a hot stone massage to work out the kinks in my lower back. It completely did the trick! It was so great that I was tempted to ask for more on the spot. (then, I thought about my bill....)
I probably wouldn't do hot stone on the cheap just because I wouldn't want someone who didn't know what they were doing. But, if you go to a reputable place, you will be blown away by how great they are! To simply die for!
p.s. the photo shows general stones... but there is typically a towel between you and the stones.
Hot Stones Relax and Release
Hot Stone massage is a terrific way to release tension and relax muscles. That said, be sure to find a licensed practitioner who has been trained in hot stone techniques to protect you from burns and injury. As a recipient of this treatment, common sense is key. If the stones are uncomfortable or feel too hot, speak up! Your body temperature and sensitivity to heat is unique to you. You are the most qualified person to determine if something feels too hot. A trained therapist will hold heated stones in their hands while completing massage strokes. The heat opens capillaries and allows fluid movement between cells. It can release tight muscles, reduce stress, and increase circulation. Some therapists will also lay stones on the body or under your back. This can be very calming. Just make sure all stones have been removed before you try to turn over or sit up! To find a therapist near you, search with the American Massage Therapy Association, AMTA.
As a massage therapist, this is one of the best experiences!
I am a massage therapist and hot stone massages are one of the most relaxing and rehabilitating massages you can get! They are wonderful for working out tight muscles, especially in your neck and back. But if you are somebody who uses a lot of forearm in your job every day, this is so great. (I am thinking about mechanics, construction workers etc.) However, this is not something you would do if you are sensitive to heat, diabetic or pregnant.