800 Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50309. Phone 515-288-5800. Toll-Free 1-800-320-2580. Fax 515-244-1718.
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Hot and Cold Stone Massage

$120/1 Hr. or $160/1.5 Hr.

Hot and Cold Stone Massage uses both hot and cold stones (contrast therapy) which create a deeply relaxing yet refreshing and rejuvenating experience. The use of alternating temperatures has long been scientifically and medically proven to be of benefit to the body and the experience of feeling both the deeply penetrating and relaxing heat of the hot stones alternating with the refreshing coolness of the cold stones is truly a unique and exhilarating experience.

Hot Stone Massage involves the use of polished, heated, Basalt Stones and or Jade Stones applied to the body using long, flowing massage strokes. The hot stones bring about local and systemic changes in the body though thermal conduction, expanding the blood vessels, which increases blood flow and brings oxygen and nutrient rich blood to muscle fibers.

This has a relaxing, sedative effect on the nervous system, allowing muscle tissue to soften and relax. The direct heat deeply relaxes muscles, allowing deeper manipulations of the tissue than would be possible with regular massage. It is said that one stroke with a hot stone is equal to six strokes by hand.

Cold stones are often alternated with the hot stones during stone massage to create cryotherapeutic effects to help the body detoxify and heal. The cold stones cause the blood vessels to constrict, stimulating the nervous system and drawing blood and waste products though the system into the bodies purifying organs and out of the body.

Cold stones can be very beneficial in the removal of heat from a body part to decrease cellular metabolism, increase cellular survival, decrease inflammation, decrease pain and spasm and promote vasoconstriction. The physiologic effects of cold application include immediate vasoconstriction with reflexive vasodilation, decreased local metabolism and enzymatic activity, and decreased oxygen demand. Cold decreases muscle spindle fiber activity and slows nerve conduction velocity, therefore it is often used to decrease spasms and muscle guarding.