How do you as a client know that you are receiving a good stone massage? For someone who has never tried geothermal therapy before, it can be hard to distinguish between a qualified therapist with an extensive education, and one who’ve just had a half day course or watched a DVD.
This is just a quick overview so you easily can pinpoint if your stone-practitioner is properly qualified to work with stones.
Some good signs:
- Uses both hot and cold stones during the treatment
- Utilizes proper sanitation;
– disinfectants in the hot water
– cleans cold stones with high proof alcohol before putting them back into the icebox
- Checks with you if the temperature is good
- Only places warm and cool stones directly on your skin – not hot and cold
- Makes you feel relaxed and energized at the same time
- Is a member of the Geothermal Therapy Association, or is educated at a school which is approved by GTA
Some warning signs:
- Very hot or cold stones are placed directly on the skin, essentially burning you
- You feel too warm and begin to yawn a lot
- You have a starting headache or begin to feel uncomfortable
- The stones look dirty and greasy even before the massage starts
- Doesn’t check if you use medication or suffer from medical conditions
- Doesn’t adjust the temperature when you say the stones are too hot
I would love to hear from you and hear what good or bad experiences you have had with stone practitioners. Did you go to a spa or therapist receiving a treatment that made your red warning light shine? Would this list have hindered a bad experience?
Please share your thoughts and experiences with good and badly qualified stone practitioners.