I am very excited about this month's special because I absolutely love giving massages with hot stones! Some may assume that hot stones are nothing more than a novelty offered by spas to people who want to be pampered. While hot stones ARE pampering, they are so much more than a novelty. The more I use them, the more they become a staple in my massage practice. The therapeutic benefits are amazing and the results are instantly noticeable.
For thousands of years, rocks have been used for healing by many native people including the Chinese who used small rocks over 4,000 years ago to work the meridians and bring wellness to the organs and muscles by pressing them into acu-points in order to balance the energy in the body and detoxify the organs. Some Native American tribes used stones in their healing ceremonies as I found last month when I visited the sweat lodge. Several people have developed the modern techniques for hot rock massage and there are many difference approaches out there. I received my training at the Utah College of Massage Therapy and have developed my own style over time and experience with the stones. Eileen has been trained by me in one on one sessions and will offer her own flavor to the style as well. Either way, the benefits are many and the experience is always one of a kind.
Rocks come from the earth and are very grounding. They have a presence about them that can be quite nurturing. The simple weight of a stone on the abdomen or lower back can bring awareness to that area and promote relaxation. Heat added to the pressure of the rock serves to deepen that awareness and intensify the relaxing effect. The smoothness of the rocks make it difficult for the receiver to tell the difference between the therapist's hands and the stones. Interestingly, the energy of rocks can be measured and they carry a negative charge that acts like a magnet to draw out and neutralize energy in the body. The therapist can work deeper into the tissue as the stones help to melt away the layers of tension.
Clients will feel deeply affected by this treatment on many levels. Rest and recovery time along with drinking plenty of water is recommended after a hot stone session. Also, due to the intricacy of the work with the rocks and the many phases that can be included in this treatment, a 90 minute session or longer is recommended. The only way to really know what a hot stone massage is like is to experience it and that's exactly what we hope you'll do this month.
During the month of March we'll be offering free hot stone upgrades! That means you'll only pay for a standard massage session, but you'll have the opportunity to enjoy the FULL hot stone experience. Also, this month we will allow new clients to combine their first-time client discount with this special. The hot stone upgrades will be given at your request. Because there is extra set-up time for these sessions, we ask that you give us some notice to ensure our ability to accommodate you.
Jenni Curtis, LMT 801*879*4173
Eileen Keiser, LMT 801*574*1325