Hot Stone Massage

Hot Stone Massage

The warmth of the hot stones are comforting and great for relaxation

What is Hot Stone Massage?

Why not indulge yourself in a Hot Stone Massage at the Westoe Practice, South Shields?

This involves the application of heated volcanic stones of varying sizes to key points on the body, giving a deep massage and creating sensations of comfort and warmth whilst also instilling a feeling of pure relaxation and bliss.

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How does Hot stone massage work?

The warm stones expand the blood vessels, pushing blood and unwanted waste materials through the body. This has a sedative effect on the nervous system. The direct heat relaxes muscles, allowing manipulation of a greater intensity than with regular massage, leaving you feeling relaxed but energised.

A typical Hot stone massage session

A typical Hot Stone Massage at the Westoe Practice, South Shields can be for 60 or 90 minutes, and can be a full-body or back massage. The session will start with a brief consultation, review of symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle, and can be tailored to your needs. Your therapist will also discuss any particular areas you to focus on or areas to avoid before they begin.

The therapist will begin your massage by applying warm oil to the body, which allows the hot stones to glide smoothly along the muscles. The hots stones are used alongside hands-on massage techniques to soothe and deeply relax the muscles, boost circulation, and ease aches and pains.

Clients are encouraged to return regularly to maximise benefits of the treatment and to give themselves the time needed to destress and relax.

How can it help you?

Many people find the warmth of the hot stones to be comforting and great for relaxation.



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The massage therapist often begins by applying oil to the body, which allows the hot stones to glide smoothly along the muscles. You are lying face down, and the massage therapist often then uses the hot stones to massage the back.

After the hot stones have relaxed the muscles, the massage therapist may put down the stones and use her hands to directly massage the skin. The hot stones may then be placed back on to the body and left for a short period of time. You are then asked to turn over onto your back. The massage therapist may place small hot stones between your toes or in the palm of your hand and repeats the sequence.


At the Westoe Practice, South Shields we recommend that Massage is not for certain people:

  • People with infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds
  • Immediately after surgery
  • Immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor
  • People prone to blood clots. There is a risk of blood clots being dislodged. If you have heart disease, check with your doctor before having a massage
  • Pregnant women should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting a massage.
  • Massage should not be done directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumors, abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures.

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