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Hot Stone Massage – Is It Right For You?

Massage Therapy Grande PrairieWhat is Hot Stone Massage?

Hot Stone Massage is the use of warmed stones to increase the temperature of the treated area and internal temperature of the body to allow the Massage Therapist to reach deeper tissues.1 Hot stones can be either placed on the body for a period of time (varies for each person’s tolerance and needs) or used in a massage method.

The heated stones promote the blood vessels in the area to dilate, increase in size, allowing for more blood to flow to the area.1 The increased blood flow to the area helps the muscles to relax, allowing the massage therapist to release tight muscles or trigger points within the deeper muscle tissue.

I’ve heard people can get burnt by the stones. Can that happen?

Unfortunately, yes you can get burnt by the stones. However, almost all burn situations by the hot stones are avoidable. Here are some things you should be aware of to avoid a burn:

  1. Communication1

Your Massage Therapist cannot feel what you feel. This means that you need to share with them when the stones are too hot or you are uncomfortable. It is also important to inform your Massage Therapist of all health conditions and medications as the Hot Stone Massage can cause adverse effects for some conditions.1

  1. Hydration1

The skin tissue and internal hydration levels need to be well maintained to maximize the benefits of the hot stone massage. If the skin is dry your Massage Therapist should add moisturizer prior to starting the Hot Stone Massage. It is also important for you to ensure that you have adequate hydration; so, make sure you drink lots of water before your treatment, during, and afterwards.1 It is important because, as the body temperature increases and more blood flows to the area, more water is required to ensure proper body functions.1

  1. Material between Stones and skin

If the Massage Therapist is placing the Hot Stones on your skin to remain in a stationary position it is important that there is fabric between you and the stones. It can take up to 3-4 minutes for the heat to reach you through the material. Be sure to communicate with your Massage Therapist if you are concerned regarding the stone temperature.1

  1. Improper heating1

The Hot Stones are designed to be heated by a specialized heating unit. If the hot stones are heated using other tools such as crock-pots, microwave ovens, ovens, heating pads, or hot places they are more likely to burn you. Hot stones should be heated through a specialized designed unit that utilizes water to heat the stones. The Massage Therapist will also use a thermometer to ensure that the unit is properly calibrated so that the stones are not too hot.1

Hot Stone Massage helps with many conditions, including, but not limited to1:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Acute bursitis
  • Sports injuries
  • Headaches
  • Bruises

This does not mean that Hot Stone Massage is for everyone. There are some conditions for which Hot Stone Massage is not beneficial. If you have any of the following conditions Hot Stone Massage is NOT for you1:

  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Autoimmune dysfunctions
  • Epilepsy
  • Neuropathy
  • Heart disease
  • Skin Conditions
  • Recent surgeries
  • Pregnancy

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and other conditions may not benefit from Hot Stone Massage.1

Hot stone massage has a positive impact on many soft-tissue injuries. Book an appointment with Joy Cepeda at PrimeCARE Health Grande Prairie for your Hot Stone Massage!

Author: Lorelle Warr, B.Sc., M.Sc. Kinesiologist



  1. Nelson M. Don’t feel the burn: hot stone massage can be a real benefit to your clients. Massage Therapy Journal. 2010; 49(3):32-39.

Why Massage Therapy?

5 Reasons why you should consider massage therapy

In some countries they consider massage a health prevention therapy. Massage can improve your spine condition, relieve stress, promote circulation and even help you with weight loss. It also helps you relax and it feels great! Massage therapy Douglasglen, Calgary SE

It is important to choose the right kind of treatment. Are you  an active person who needs good sports massage or do you prefer to relax during complete body oil massage treatment?

Five reasons to have a massage (some, you might have not thought of):

  1. It boosts your immune system

 Scientists have measured levels of cortisol before and after the massage. After massage there was significant decrease of cortisol which is known for destroying your immune cells. With regular visits to your massage therapist you may conquer those colds and the flue for good.

  1. It helps you sleep better

Massage is known for lowering stress hormones levels. It also stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system which brings relaxation and prevents insomnia. It’s good to use slow and gentle moves in order to soothe your nervous system.

  1. It gives you time for yourself

Do you feel under constant pressure? Our schedules tend to be so busy these days, and you don’t seem to get a break even at home, especially if you have children. Massage will give you the precious quiet time to relax and you’ll go home re-energized and peaceful from inside out.deep tissue massage therapy Calgary SE

  1. It helps your body detox

We accumulate toxins from the food we eat, medication we take and of course, in many ways from our environment.  The pressure applied on your body during massage stimulates the circulatory system. The toxins are being pushed to the skin surface and released from the body. It’s recommended to increase your water intake after the massage to help flush our the toxins.

  1. It improves digestion

Abdominal massage can help with constipation and bloating, it increases bile secretion and activates peristalsis. And the best thing is that you can do it all by yourself. It can be as simple as laying down and slowly circling outward from the navel, repeating up to 50 times.

If you can, try to have a regular massage schedule. Depending on severity of your issues you can start with a session once a week and when you feel better you can slow down to once a month or less. Keep in mind though that massage therapy is not replacement for medical care. If you have any concerns, consult your family doctor.

To schedule an appointment with one of our massage therapist at the Douglasglen, Calgary SE location please call: 587-318-0740 or contact PrimeCARE Online.

Medical clinic at the Calgary Airport

PrimeCARE Health Medical Clinic is celebrating one year since opening the Calgary International Airport location!

Do you have a family doctor?
Perhaps you need physio therapy?
How about a great massage?

PrimeCARE Health Medical Clinic at the Calgary Airport, located on the Departures level just between Purdy’s chocolate and Starbucks, offers all those services. 

Advantages to having your family doctor at the Calgary airport include:

The airport is a place of fun and excitementmedical clinic at the Calgary Airport
Not everybody likes to go to the doctor but going to the airport is fun for most people no matter what the occasion. At the airport it’s likely you will catch the excitement of the visitors who are coming to our city or those travelers who are leaving for a nice vacation. I know, I pick up on this when I drive somebody out to the airport or go there to take a flight. Besides, there are a lot of fun activities the whole family can enjoy. One common fun activity is simply watching the airplanes… If you live in one of the communities close to the airport (such as: Skyview Ranch, Castelridge, Falconridge, Martindale, Whitehorn, etc..) we invite you to consider using our health services.

Don’t have to wait days or weeks to get an appointment
The family doctors at the airport, Dr. Ravi Patel and Dr. Krystal Hennig, are accepting new patients and you will most likely get more personal attention from them then from the average family doctor in Calgary since their schedule is not overloaded. Dr. Krystal Hennig also specialized in women’s health.

Easy access for the Calgary airport employees
Having a medical clinic at the airport is very handy for all the employees who work at the various business at the airport. If you are one of these employees, you could simply schedule an appointment for you lunch hour or just before or after work (depending on your shift) and save yourself an extra trip from going to a doctor in your free time.

Walk-in clinic with short or no wait times
You have a condition that just can’t wait? PrimeCARE Health offers walk-in services. No matter if you work at the airport, have a regular family doctor or you are in transition, traveling you are welcome to pop in and seek medical help if you need it immediately.

Physical therapymassage therapy & physio therapy at the Calgary Airport health clinic
Got injured? Need a physical therapist? Josh Collier, the physio therapist on locations will be more then happy to see you on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Again, very convenient, especially if you work at the airport.

Massage therapy
Hard day at work? Travelling left you all stiff and achy? Jasmin Chan will help you relax and rejuvenate so you can continue on with your day feeling great.

Call for an appointment or simply walk into our modern facility!



Calgary International Airport Location Opening Set

PrimeCARE Health is pleased to announce the opening of our new Calgary International Airport location on August 10th, 2015.

Located at Rundle Boulevard inside the main terminal on the departures level (across from Starbucks in Banff Hall near Concourse C pre-board screening), PrimeCARE Health provides a refreshing, modern and convenient alternative from having to leave work to visit a doctor.

If you do not have a family physician or are having problems getting in to see your family physician, we are here to help!

PrimeCARE offers complete health care services

  • Family and Walk-in medical
  • Occupational Health
  • Physical Therapy
  • Therapeutic/Rehabilitative Massage Therapy
  • Complimentary 2 hour patient parking

We invite you to contact us at: to learn more about how PrimeCARE can help you and your family achieve optimum health.

For an appointment please call us or fill in our quick contact form