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Enjoy a relaxing journey with this full body massage. Your therapist will use a unique combination of hot basalt stones and essential oils to loosen and stretch your muscles, gently massaging away tension and stress. This is a relaxation massage and therefore strong pressure is not applied (no exceptions). The entire massage is performed using the stones to apply gentle or moderated pressure. The emphasis is on the combination of soothing heat, the smooth contact and gentle weight of the stones, and the aroma from the essential oils you’ve chosen. This treatment can be adjusted for: sunburn, low blood pressure, controlled high blood pressure, allergies to aroma or coconut oil, diabetes and cancer.
Benefits• Heat from stones helps to promote circulation and relax muscles• Detoxification effect • Heat from stones allows essential oils to absorb into and moisturize skin• Stones are basalt (mineral) which has a "grounding" and "balancing" effect on the body and mind• Smoothness of warm stones gliding over the oiled skin is soothing and stress relieving...................................Avoid if• You have unmedicated high blood pressure• You are pregnant• You suffer from a severe heart disease• You want a deep or therapeutic massage What to bring/prepare• You will want to wear your robe to the treatment• Please remove all jewellery and bring a hair tie for long hair...................................Try this treatment if• You want a more gentle massage that helps release tight muscles without any soreness later on• You have dry skin or wish to maintain healthy skin• You enjoy a heated treatment or find heat reduces joint stiffness or muscle pain• You need to promote healthy circulation or a gentle detox...................................ProductsEssential Oils
Read moreFor many visitors to our world-class spa this is the quintessential spa treatment. There is something so natural about being massaged with smooth river stones and there is a simplicity to the massage that leaves you feeling centered, in touch with your body and connected to the earth you walk on. These unique stones are composed of volcanic lava rock which allows them to retain their heat. They are heated in hot water. Their polished quality comes from lying for hundreds of years in the riverbeds of Arizona and Hawaii. Just as the clear water has washed over them, they will now glide and flow over your skin and muscles to reduce tension and gently melt away stress. The use of heated stones for healing purposes dates back thousands of years. Almost every continent has some tradition of stone massage. The Chinese used heated stones more than 2000 years ago as a means of promoting the functions of internal organs. Spanish healers would use heated stones to diminish the discomfort of menstruation. As a spa therapy, La Stone Therapy was reborn in 1993 and created by Mary Nelson. Your massage follows a very similar form and draping protocol to a Swedish massage, only after essential oils are applied, warm stones are used to massage the skin and muscles. First your spa therapist slowly warms your back muscles by placing hot stones on a towel. As the heat penetrates, they will massage your legs and soles of your feet. The general emphasis of the motion is towards your heart, which promotes circulation of blood and lymphatic cleansing. After they have smoothed out the tension in your back and brought you to a new state of calm, you will turn over and the massage will continue with the front of your legs and then arms and hands. Stones are left in place beside joints to reduce stiffness. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, this is where Qi gets particularly stuck, resulting in stiffness and pain, and heat gets the Qi flowing again. Your treatment closes with a dry scalp massage and a face massage (using Skin Nourishment Compositions) and tiny heated river stones. There is also the option of an abdominal stone massage. By John Ireland, CST, RRPr, BA John Ireland began practicing as an Alternative Therapist at Ste. Anne's Spa in 2005. He graduated with Honors in Shiatsu Therapy from the Shiatsu School of Canada and is a Certified Shiatsu Therapist (CST) with the Shiastu Therapy Association of Ontario (www.shiatsuassociation.com). He studied Thai Massage with Pejman Ayoubzadeh at The Academy of Traditional Thai Massage and became a Registered Reflexology Practitioner (RRpr) through the Ontario College of Reflexology (www.ocr.edu/). John also graduated from Trent University with a B.A. degree in Anthropology and Development Studies.