Tom Cavanaugh, Massage Therapist
Synergy Stone Massage
As the temperatures outside get cooler you may find that your body is craving warmth. Or you may find that you need some cryotherapy to help your body recover from overuse or injury. Why not try out a Synergy Stone massage? If you’ve never had one, and you’re not quite sure what to expect, well you’re reading the perfect thing.
A Synergy Stone massage is very similar to most standard massages, with one major exception. Well obviously it’s even more amazing, but it’s kind of like being massaged by someone with intensely warm hands. But the great thing about the use of these stones, is that they allow the heat to penetrate much deeper into the muscle. This not only feels amazing, but also gives you the added benefit of a much deeper sense of relaxation and tension relief, both physically and emotionally.
What makes Synergy Stones different from other hot stones? Synergy Stones are handcrafted from natural stoneware versus the traditional stones made of flat basalt, a type of volcanic rock. Synergy Stones are shaped to easily move around the natural curves and body structures of the body, and become an extension of the natural structures of the therapist’s hands, wrists, forearms and elbows. Synergy Stones also heat more evenly and hold that heat longer than traditional stones.
It’s important to note that while Synergy Stone massage can be very appealing to a variety of people, this technique isn’t for everyone. There are some contraindications specific to hot stone massage, including systemic inflammatory conditions, neuropathy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and any other condition or medication that inhibits your senses. The ability to give proper feedback on temperature is crucial, and any impairment in that ability makes a Synergy Stone massage ill-advised. It is not advised for expectant mothers or those with cancer to receive this type of work.
While communication is always important in any massage, it’s especially important during a hot stone massage because of the heat factor. Let your therapist know if the stones are too hot or if you would like them to be a bit warmer. Oftentimes, if they feel a bit too warm to you, your therapist can either set them aside to cool for a minute, or they may simply move them slightly faster during the massage strokes so the temperature feels better to you. As the stones cool, leaving enough warmth to still feel wonderful, but cool enough to stay in one place for a while without burning, your therapist may choose to place them in strategic places, like in your hands, on your low back, under your neck. The heat along with the slight weight of the stone can often provide an intense feeling of relief for the area.
Synergy Stone massages are available, with Tom only, in 30, 60, or 90 minute sessions. Book yours today!