What is Hot Stone Massage and How Can it Benefit You?
From the desk of Nicole Trincia, LMT... Hot Stone Massage is a specialty massage that typically utilizes basalt stones- black volcanic rocks that have been naturally smoothed by the tumbling of river or ocean waters. The tradition of using hot stones for massage originated with the Native Americans, who warmed stones by fire and applied them to the body to soothe sore muscles. Today's massage therapists use a bath to heat stones of various sizes to about 130 degrees before placing them under and on the client- typically in the palms of hands, between toes, and strategically along the spine and abdomen. A gentle hand-to-stone smoothing massage is used, with the power of the massage lying in the heat of the stones. The dense basalt stones absorb and retain heat very well and naturally penetrate deeply into muscle tissue, softening restriction and creating expansion. The strategic placement of stones can be used to open meridians (energy pathways), and the heat of the stones is also very relaxing. Hot Stone Massage shares the benefits as other types of massage (increases relaxation, improves sleep, etc.), but is particularly beneficial in the following ways:
- Deep muscle relaxation
- Releases toxins
- Improves circulation
- Calms the nervous system
Hot Stone massage is not appropriate if you are pregnant, have high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, are on blood thinners, menopausal (and experiencing hot flashes) or you have a sunburn. Otherwise, now is a great time to experience Hot Stone Massage with the colder temperatures of November moving in and the resulting muscle restriction from people recoiling their bodies to stay warm. For the month of November, OMBE is offering 15% off 80 minute Hot Stone massages. Enjoy!
NICOLE TRINICIA, LMT
Licensed Massage Therapist
Nicole Trincia is a Massachusetts Licensed and Nationally Certified Massage Therapist who has been practicing in the Greater Boston area for over eleven years. She graduated from Healing Touch Institute in 2000, with certification in Holistic Massage Therapy. Her training includes Swedish, Esalen, Neuromuscular, Myofascial, Sports and Pregnancy Massage as well as Polarity, Aromatherapy, and yoga. As a member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP), Nicole has expanded her massage into an integrative style, customized to the unique needs of her clients. She incorporates Cranio Sacral, Thai Massage, Hot Stone, assisted stretching, and Feldenkrais techniques. In 2010, she successfully completed the First Degree of the Usui System of Reiki Healing.
Over the years of working in integrated wellness centers, spas and in private practice, Nicole has guided clients with intuition and compassion, out of restriction and pain, into more physically and emotionally productive living. Her clients range from professional athletes, musicians, children, the elderly, and those with repetitive stress injuries, systemic illness, special needs, and emotional stress.
Having earned a B.A. in Psychology from Wheaton College and a M.A. in Education from Lesley University, Nicole is personally fascinated with the mind-body connection. She is committed to identifying stress patterns and educating her clients on proper body mechanics, work habits, diet and exercise. Nicole has been practicing Forrest Yoga for eleven years and has studied Macrobiotics. She has played various sports since childhood, and has overcome repetitive stress injuries through the use of massage, yoga, and other integrated therapies without surgery. She delights in sharing what she has learned through massage and overall mind-body awareness with her clients, so that they may live a more balanced, vivacious, and joyful life!