Stone massage relaxing, therapeutic

If you want to feel utterly relaxed, you need a hot stone massage.

This is probably something you have heard several times before. What you may not have heard of is the use of cold stones in that massage also.

As unpleasant as this may sound at first, it is actually quite the opposite.

The cold stones, made of marble, as opposed to the hot stones, which are made from volcanic rock, are placed on chakras – or energy points – on your body.

They are not used to massage with, but simply to balance out your body’s energy, says Massage Therapist Adriana Watson at the Silver Rain Spa in the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.

‘The sensations of cold and hot send waves throughout the body and balance the body out,’ she explains.

The Tropical Awakenings Stone Therapy treatment at the Silver Rain Spa is as much a contradiction in terms as it seems.

While the treatment is deeply relaxing, it is true to its name and proves to be very stimulating, ‘awakening’ the body’s senses.

Initially, the circulation in the body is increased through a light exfoliation with a loaf. The massage therapist looking after you will then coat your body in a refining lotion to follow the exfoliation.

You get to choose which aromatherapy oils you would like to have used in your treatment. These include a variety of tropical smells, and will invigorate the senses as they calm.

The hot stones are then used in the massage portion of the treatment. Don’t be surprised if the massage is not what you are used to.

‘We don’t use much pressure in a hot stone massage,’ explained Ms Watson. ‘The heat from the stones opens up muscles and has the same effect.’

Hot stones are then placed on the bed so that when you lie back, your back receives the heat from them.

Also, several cold stones are then placed on your chakras on the front of your body. This creates the wave of varying temperatures throughout your body.

You are wrapped in a blanket, to ensure you stay warm. This is when your feet are given an unexpected treat as they are massaged with la prairie’s Skin Caviar Body Cream.

Various health practitioners have stated in the past that hot stone therapy can help arthritis, depression, fibromyalgia, insomnia, poor circulation, rheumatism, stress, anxiety, sore or strained muscles and sprains.

However, one effect is guaranteed – you will feel significantly relaxed.

The entire treatment provides the body with sensations it is unused to, leaving you feeling refreshed and revitalised.

To book an appointment at the Silver Rain Spa at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, or for more information on the treatments they offer, phone 815-6900.

The Silver Rain Spa at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, currently has 65 ladies and gentlemen employees.

Not only are all staff fully-qualified in what they do, they also provide the added interest of bringing an international flavour to the Spa.

Fourteen different countries are represented through the employees at the Spa, including France, Jamaica, Bolivia, Brazil, Cayman, Romania, America, Canada, Britain, the Philippines and Africa.

Spa employees are therefore able to communicate in numerous different languages with guests, including Portuguese, Spanish, French and Romanian, while also providing many fascinating stories about their home countries.

The international flavour in the Spa certainly helps to contribute to the Spa’s cosmopolitan feel.

Visit the Spa, which is open from 8am to 8pm every day of the year, and see which language you can learn or communicate in!