Hot Stone Equipment

My hot stone massage equipment has arrived, however there is much preparation to be done before their first use!

The heater must be left to cure on its hottest setting for an hour, this burns off a funny smell!

The hot stones (basalt) are a lot paler than you may be used to seeing, they must first be washed in warm soapy water, rinsed and then left to dry naturally so they hydrate. They will then be rubbed in an oil which is left to be absorbed.

The basalt will be washed in salty water to cleanse and energies them after every use and will be stored with a labradorite crystal, which was will recharge their energy.

My set also came with some other crystals. These can be placed over the chakras on the body after a massage to rebalance the chakras.

It is also possible to have a cold stone massage, this is done using chilled marble stones, they are recharged using a moonstone crystal, but will soften if cleansed with salt water.

Cold stone massage can be useful for pain relief, reducing inflammation and to ease sinus pain.

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Holistic Thermal Stone Therapy aka Hot Stones Massage!

This weekend I have been learning how to massage with hot stones!

Basalt stones are heated up and due to their high iron and magnesium content they retain heat for a long time and then slowly release it.

Massage using these stones is a deeply relaxing and releasing treatment and it is said that one stroke using a warm basalt stone is the same as four or five strokes using the hands alone. It is a full body treatment, lasting 90 minutes and can have benefits on a physical, mental and energetical level.

I have ordered a set of basalt stones and a heater, which should be arriving this week, so I shall soon be able to offer this lovely treatment to my lovely clients!

One Million Step Challenge

This summer I will be partaking in the one million step challenge to raise money for Diabetes UK.

This will mean I will walk the length of about 19 marathons!

If you’d like to sponsor me please follow this link…. https://step.diabetes.org.uk/pages/elly

Where you will also be able to track my progress as the challenge continues.

Thank you

No Pain, No Gain? Should Massage Hurt?

In my honest opinion the simple answer is no. No, massage shouldn’t hurt.

However, there is a smudgy grey area in between pleasure and pain.

Your massage shouldn’t have you gritting your teeth or clenching your knuckles or gripping onto the table for dear life.

Although if this is something you personally enjoy then carry on!

If your massage treatment turns into something you no longer enjoy or don’t look forward to, you need to tell your therapist to use less pressure, because we are not mind readers! We won’t be offended. Everybody likes a different pressure and if you don’t communicate your preferences the therapist won’t know that you’re not enjoying your massage.

On some occasions a massage may feel a little tender or a little uncomfortable, these feelings are ok. Sometimes if you have an old injury, or you’ve been carrying around muscle tension for a long time, there can be some scar tissue and knots in your muscles. These can feel a little uncomfortable when being massaged and it is to be expected. But this shouldn’t be painful.

There are also times when you might feel a little sore after your massage, sometimes into the next day. Again, this will usually be because of the breakdown of some scar tissue or long term adhesions within your muscles. Usually the soreness will disappear within 24-48 hours leaving you feeling better than you were originally. This soreness is likened to the soreness that comes from doing a new exercise routine (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness – DOMS).

In sports massage a lot of people think of the term “no pain, no gain”. I think this is a misleading saying. Yes there might be some uncomfortable moments that you need to get through to feel better, but there shouldn’t be pain. The same as exercise; you might feel uncomfortable and have to push yourself to finish, but there shouldn’t be pain. Pain would probably indicate an injury.

I believe massage should be healing, and most certainly allow you to relax in order for your body to do the hard work of repairing itself. And how can your body do that when you have to scrape yourself off the ceiling after a treatment?

Above all, massage should be an enjoyable experience and if you aren’t enjoying it then please let your therapist know.

This does go the other way as well, if you feel your therapist is being too gentle please also let them know!

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Practice what you preach!

As part of the aftercare advice I give to my clients I usually advise to stay well hydrated and drink plenty!

There are so many articles on the internet telling you the benefits of staying hydrated I’m sure you don’t need another one.

But how about what happens when you don’t stay hydrated?

Recently I had a couple of days where I just forgot to drink, which is very unlike me!

I found myself feeling tired and lethargic, slightly confused and forgetful, my head was pounding the next morning. My skin felt dry and I looked tired, I felt achy and stiff and my mouth and throat were dry. My vision was a little blurry. I couldn’t stop yawning. I felt very congested and blocked, almost like I had a build up of dead energy and waste inside my body.

All of this was very easily remedied with a couple of pints of clear refreshing tap water. I felt rejuvenated, flushed through, cleansed and my mental clarity returned.

We are so lucky to have access to this rejuvenating source of energy, just at the turn of a tap. It’s so easy to get a hold of it that sometimes I take it for granted, or even forget it’s there.

So I thought I would write this little post as a reminder to myself that every time I tell a client to drink plenty and stay well hydrated I shall take a long swig of that clear stuff as well.

Cheers!