You’ve been thinking about the possibility of a massage therapy career for a while now. And why wouldn’t you? The job market for massage therapists looks good with jobs expected to grow by 20% through 2020 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, you have the opportunity to help people relax or recover from physical pain, and if you play your cards right, the money is there, too. Since it’s still early on, you don’t have to decide now if you plan to concentrate on a certain massage technique (or modality), but we do want you to realize that you have options for specialization. Here we’ll take a look at hot stone massage therapy.
The practice of hot stone massage involves placing heated stones on specific parts of the body to warm and loosen muscles, which may be burdened by stress or physical injury. This technique is usually performed on those who require a low-pressure massage session, and is known for producing a high-level of comfort for clients.
Massage Envy, a popular spa that offers automatic employment interviews to First Institute Massage Therapy graduates, lists the following as benefits of hot stone massage therapy:
– Provides relief from pain associated with fibromyalgia, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other chronic conditions
– Decreases pain and muscle spasms
– Reduces chronic stress and tension
– Increases flexibility in joints, aiding in easier mobility and movement
– Relieves pain and tension created by strained and contracted muscles
A variation of class massage technique, hot stone massage can be introduced easily to clients who have already experienced some form of full-body massage. The stones are typically made of basalt, an iron-rich rock. They are smooth and actively retain heat, making them safe and tools for the trained massage therapist.
As an aspiring massage therapist, you should consider learning the proper hot stone massage therapy techniques. Even it isn’t your true massage “calling,” holding the knowledge, skills and equipment needed to practice hot stone therapy will make you more versatile (and more employable) in your pursuit of a massage therapy career.