I’m excited to offer a new service for the summer! Cold stone facial massage!
The stones commonly used for hot stone massage are usually basalt, a volcanic stone that retains heat well. The stones used for cold stone massage are typically marble or marine sedimentary stones, which hold cold longer. Basalt stones are often naturally smoothed from the river water or waves where they’re found, while the marble usually needs to be hand cut and smoothed.
Hot stones cause blood vessels to dilate and circulation to increase. Cold stones cause vasoconstriction (narrowing of the blood vessels), decreasing blood flow to the area on which they are applied. Once the stones are removed, the vessels dilate again, and fresh blood and oxygen return to the area. Alternately cooling and warming an area (sometimes called contrast therapy), constricts and dilates the vessels, improving circulation.
For the time being, the only form of cold stone massage I’ll be offering is as part of a facial massage. Cold stones placed on the face can help reduce sinus congestion & nasal swelling, and cool & soothe irritated skin. In addition, cold stones can help with migraine headaches by reducing the overabundant flow of blood to brain and easing the pounding sensation. If nothing else, it’ll add a lovely cooling sensation to your summer massage!
As the summer progresses, if the feedback for cold stones is positive, then I’ll look at adding some larger stones and expanding the service!
I had so many ideas for homemade scrub for the summer season. I like to offer two different “personalities” for the scrubs, to try to appeal to different people’s likes and dislikes. I finally managed to settle on two. Choice one will be cucumber mint sugar scrub, with real pureed cucumber, peppermint essential oil, coconut oil, and granulated sugar. The second option is a mixture of Dead Sea salt, sweet almond oil, and lavender essential oil.
In addition, we’ll give your hot summer feet a special treat. To start, I’ll wrap your feet in hot towels, which does double duty by being super relaxing as well as wiping down those dirty little summer toes! You’ll then get an extended foot massage with peppermint massage butter!
See you on the cool side!