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All my clients LOVE it when I use cold stones on them. It's a matter of applying cold the right way.
A few pointers.
- Always warm up the tissue properly with hot before applying cold.
- Use cold that's cold - stones in ice water - an ice-cold stone will feel warm, where a cool stone will feel cold.
- Move slowly, very slowly. Allow the muscles/body to accept the cold before you move it and as you move it.
Cold does wonders to a stone massage. The clients leave refreshed and energized, as opposed to sluggish and sleepy. It's amazing for deep tissue work and releasing tensions. It's great for facial work, reducing puffiness, wrinkles and what not (that in itself should be argument enough for half the population), the yin/yang effect of hot/cold does amazing things on an energetic level. And finally, you avoid overheating your clients, which can be potentially dangerous.
As an example, I had a client who had received in the past a hot stone massage. She hated it. Didn't like how she became overheated and the hot stones were mostly just placed on her, being too hot.
I started by introducing some cold to her face and she loved it and talking I convinced her to try the combination of hot and cold.
Now, she loves the hot - precisely because the cold takes out the excess heat which she can't stand. The hot is relaxing and calming. The cold refreshing and energizing.
Just think of being in a sauna for an hour - that's not good. Be in the sauna and then take a really cold shower or jump into the snow or frozen lake. Now, that's good stuff for your health and wellness!
So please, do use the two in conjunction if you want to give your client what's best for them - on all levels.
I use a lot of cold stones on clients, particularly because I do a lot of deep tissue work. It has been my experience that if you are confident with the cold stones and you educate your clients about their benefits, most people will enjoy them.
If you are not completely comfortable using the cold stones, I highly recommend taking the DeepStone course from LaStone Therapy. The entire course is about using cold stones for deep tissue massage work. to I just finished taking this course this weekend in WI from Teena Pleshek and I learned SO much! I am a lot more comfortable using more cold in my sessions now than I was before.