Hot Stone Massage with Acupressure and Meridian Massage
Each appointment $105
Hot Stone Massage with Acupressure or Meridian Massage
Please note: Bonnie is NOT a Registered Massage Therapist. She is a Registered Acupuncturist.
This treatment is very relaxing and balancing. It is often helpful for those who do not like acupuncture needles, but still wish to benefit from the skills of a Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment. Bonnie may incorporate gua sha, hot stones and Reiki into this treatment.
You usually start face down, with the practitioner working on your back, opening up the bladder meridian which runs down both sides of the spine. She may then massage while holding warm stones or incorporate some gua sha, which is also referred to as scraping or IASTM(Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization). A full-body massage is completed, including the arms, legs, shoulders, and neck. Acupuncture points and meridians will be worked to open up the flow of qi, circulation and lymphatic fluid.
Be sure to speak up if the pressure or the heat is too intense. The full massage approximately 50 minutes to 1 hour.
The benefits of this massage may include: releasing tight muscles, deep relaxation, improved sleep, increased circulation, reduction in pain and inflammation, and improved immune function.
This can be a more gentle form of massage and can be tolerated more easily by those who are more sensitive or have chronic conditions, such as fibromyalgia, or chronic fatigue, or stepped up for patients who require a deeper treatment.
What is Gua Sha?
As mentioned above, gua sha is sometimes referred to as “scraping,” or IASTM. The technique called “Graston” that some physiotherapists use is also based on gua sha. Gua sha can be done on the body or the face. Bonnie incorporates gentle facial gua sha into her Facial Cupping.
Stone, bone or metal tools are used to scrape down the length of a muscle, breaking up fascia knots and scar tissue to release the muscles. Gua sha also promotes healthy circulation.
Clients may come out of a gua sha treatment with blotchy skin, red spots, streaks of redness, and irritated looking skin. This is actually not painful if performed correctly, and clients will feel very loose and relaxed.
The “sha” is a release, of what Traditional Chinese Medicine identifies as trapped “heat.” This “heat” can refer to pain, trigger points, knotted muscles, or inflammation. The theory is that when we scrape along the muscle, it brings the heat or the sha to the surface and releases the underlying discomfort.
Bonnie is happy to accept debit, visa, master card, or cash.
If you are unable to make your scheduled appointment, Bonnie requests 24 hours notice. A missed appointment fee may apply.