Written by Fred. Posted in News


The practice of stone therapy or stone massage was present in many cultures around the world. The type of stone therapy that is now most prevalent in Western massage treatments is most likely derived from China. There are historical accounts confirming that the Chinese used heated stones more than 2,000 years ago as a means of improving the function of internal organs. Similarly there are records of stones used in folklore and religious ceremonies, with the intention to heal ailments in regions as diverse as the Americas, Africa, Europe, Egypt and India. As well as practices resembling modern stone massage, which involved laying stones at specific points on the body, there were other applications of stone, including the wearing of stones as ornaments which ensured health and protection.

Spanish folk healers called curanderas used heated stones to relieve period pain and cold stones to slow bleeding after child birth. There are also examples in certain cultures in which women attempted to gain strength through stones by clutching them during labour.

Stone massage was present in Ancient Greece and Rome. Stone massage treatments were used in conjunction with Roman baths where the benefits of stone massage were combined with hot immersion baths and the cooling effects of marble stone and cold pools.

The arrival of stone massage therapy in the modern West began in 1993 when heated stone techniques became popular. Since then it has become widespread around the globe once more. The full-body, hot-stone massage is frequently combined with other modern massage techniques such as Swedish massage and deep tissue massage.


What to expect at my first appointment?

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What To Expect At my First Appointment?


At Holistic Massage Therapies, my approach is to work with you as a partner in achieving your wellness goals. As we work together on a regular basis, we’ll talk about your lifestyle, exercise, work ergonomics, sleep habits, and so on.

At your first visit, you’ll need to fill out a brief intake form, and tell me about your goals for massage therapy and bodywork. I’ll want to know some of your medical history, including what may have led to any pain, discomfort, stress, numbness/tingling you may be experiencing. We may or may not do a more thorough assessment of your gait (walk), standing posture, and range of motion, depending on what you wish to accomplish with your treatment.

If you’ve never had a massage before, it’s one of the few things in life that is both extraordinarily good for you and feels great during the session and after. Sometimes a bit of pressure on a sore muscle may be uncomfortable temporarily, but you are encouraged to communicate with me at all times to let me know how I can best help you feel better. I’m here to help!

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions:

Where Will My Massage Take Place?

Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.

Who Will Perform the Massage or Bodywork?

Your session will be conducted by Frederic Humbert, LMT (licensed massage therapist), a trained professional in a variety of techniques. 

Must I Be Completely Undressed?

Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, you may decide what amount of clothing you prefer to wear for your own comfort. You will be properly draped (covered with sheets and/or blankets and towels) during the session.

Will the Practitioner Be Present When I Disrobe?

The practitioner will leave the room while youundress, relax onto the table and cover yourself with a clean sheet or towel.
Will I Be Covered During the Session?
You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.

What Parts of My Body Will Be Massaged?

We will discuss the desired outcome of your session, and this will determine which parts of your body require massage. A typical full body session will include work on your back, stomach, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck and shoulders. 

Will Oil Be Used?

I use massage lotion with a touch of oil added, to permit your muscles to be worked on without causing excessive friction to the skin. It is unscented and hypoallergenic. A scent can be added if you wish, you help you relax or feel revitalized.

What Will the Massage Feel Like?

It depends on the techniques used. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes which will help to calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.

Are There Different Kinds of Massage and Bodywork?

There are numerous types of massage and bodywork; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points and more. Feel free to ask me about the methods I use and different kinds of massages offered.

How Long Will the Session Last?

The average full-body massage or bodywork session lasts approximately one hour. A half-hour appointment only allows time for a partial massage session, such as neck and, back, or legs and feet. Many people prefer a 60- to 90-minute session for optimal relaxation.

What Should I Do During the Massage?

Make yourself comfortable. I will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and
completely relax. Others like to talk during their session. Feel free to ask me questions about massage and bodywork in general or about the particular technique you are receiving.

How Will I Feel After the Massage?

Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and
greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage.