Hot Stone Massage – luxury spa treatment or ‘serious’ massage therapy?

At this time of year I get really busy with my favourite treatment of all – hot stone massage therapy. If you’ve never experienced one of these treatments let me tell you – hot stones ROCK.

Hot Stones bring warmth to the soul

Much as I love living by the sea, the dark and windswept days can leave the best of us feeling a bit lacklustre. People come to Brighton Bodyworks seeking the muscle-melting warmth and sheer indulgence of the hot stones and that is what they get; a powerful treatment that incorporates organic aromatherapy, warm stones and steaming hot towels to leave them feeling deeply relaxed and truly pampered.

But hot stone massage is not restricted to the ‘fluff and buff’ world of luxury spa treatments. Far from it, hot stones have a very important place on the more ‘serious’ massage therapist’s couch too. At Brighton Bodyworks I use a blend of creative techniques known as Hot Stone Fusion, using the stones as a tool to alleviate both acute and chronic pain and effectively address injury rehabilitation.

The healing power of hot and cold

Hot and cold has been used therapeutically since time immemorial. Did your mum give you a hot water bottle for a sore tummy when you were child? Do you reach for a bag of frozen peas to help bring a bruise down?

Heat decreases muscle tightness, increases circulation (aiding tissue repair), and increases the elasticity of the connective tissue thereby improving the effectiveness of any stretching techniques (which any of my clients will know I am very keen on!). Cold applications relieve muscle soreness, calm inflammation and reduce muscle tightness. And as any sportsman or woman will tell you, alternating hot and cold is a wonderful technique to help aid the body’s healing processes.

Whether you are looking for a relaxing full body massage, or a remedial treatment to address pain and speed recovery, there is a place for hot stones in your treatment. At Brighton Bodyworks I like to think we successfully bridge that gap between spa and sports treatments, offering effective therapies to restore balance whilst also providing a luxurious experience. Working smarter needn’t mean working harder!

1hr Hot Stone Fusion Massage, £50

90mins Hot Stones for Complete Body Balancing, £70

Amy Weinberger qualified in Advanced Hot Stone Fusion Massage from the JING Institute and works from her private practice in Brunswick Road, Hove. Call Brighton Bodyworks on 01273 729691 to book an appointment.

Hot stone massage

Basalt stones – ethically sourced from South America

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