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What You'll Get
- $35 for a 60-minute relaxation massage ($65 value)
- $49 for a 75-minute signature massage with hot stones and sugar scrub ($95 value)
Hot-Stone Massage: Volcanic Relaxation
The hot stones used during massage aren’t just for a warm sensation—they actually make muscles more pliable. Check out Groupon’s guide to the theories behind hot-stone massage.
For a hot-stone massage, basalt stones are first heated to temperatures in excess of 1,300 degrees. This is long before the massage begins, of course, when basaltic magma is still trapped beneath the earth’s surface. After it erupts, the rivers of lava rapidly cool, then finally harden into finely textured volcanic stones. It’s with about a dozen such stones that therapists heighten the healing powers of their massages. The stones are dense and rich in iron, making them excellent retainers of heat and an important part of a balanced ogre diet. When a massage therapist heats a polished specimen to about 120 degrees, the stone disperses that warmth slowly as it is rubbed against tense muscles. The rocks obtain their uniform level of heat through a special temperature-controlled water bath. Hot-stone therapists’ emphasis on safety also means that when stones are resting on the body, they’re often placed atop a sheet or other draping material to ensure that skin doesn’t become uncomfortably hot.
Beyond this standard protocol, different therapists have their own techniques—some apply oil for a smoother massage, while others may place stones in the palms of the hands or even between toes. Regardless of the therapist’s approach, though, the stones pass more heat along to tense muscles than is possible through bare hands, which increases blood flow to the area and helps injuries speedily recover. Therapists may take advantage of muscles’ heat-induced pliability to work with deeper pressure, getting at trigger points or extra-tight areas hiding beneath the body’s protective wax coating.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Not valid for clients active within the past 6 month(s). Must sign waiver. Appointment required. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed Groupon price). Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. All goods or services must be used by the same person. Therapists will not go over allotted time. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Healing Arts by Jacquelyn
At Healing Arts by Jacquelyn, Jacquelyn Winant draws on over a decade of experience performing Swedish massages, aromatherapy, trigger point therapy, gentle flow, and restorative yoga. Guests to the spa can let go of deep-seated tension during soothing massages that last up to 60 minutes, as well as skinny massages that include a skinny wrap around the stomach.