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Massage Today
April, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 04


"Touching the Massage Today readers one letter at a time"

By Lynda Solien-Wolfe, LMT

Questions Regarding Stone Massage


I wanted to know about the proper care and cleaning of massage stones between clients and at the end of the day.

How do you clean your stones, Lynda?

- Kari from Indianapolis

Dear Kari,

I use an antibacterial soap with warm water to clean the stones, and our clinic changes the water between each client. I have heard of some spas that add bleach to the water and change the water at the end of each day.

- Lynda


I just opened a four-treatment room day spa and have hot stones on the menu. I want to perform hot stone massage in all the treatment rooms; however we do not have the space for stone heaters in every room. Do you have any ideas?

- Dawn in Texas

Hi Dawn,

I was just in Montana at the opening of the Spa at Golden Ratio and had a hot stone treatment; they, too, have a space issue. They have a central supply room with many stone heaters and use insulated coolers to move the stones to the treatment rooms. Each cooler holds enough stones for the entire treatment and keeps them warm for the duration of the service. This can be done with cold stones that are kept in the freezer, as well. By the way, my stone treatment was hot!

- Lynda


We are adding a hot rock treatment to the menu and wanted to get your feedback on what to charge. My partner, Cindy, wants to charge the same price for this as our basic massage services, but I think it should be a little higher, with the extra supplies and clean-up time. We are leaving it in your hands, Lynda. What do you think?

- Rosemary and Cindy from Illinois

Dear Rosemary and Cindy,

I am with Rosemary on this one. At my clinic, we charge $10 more for our hot rock/stone treatments. Every spa I have visited across the U.S. also charges more for this treatment than for a basic massage. I base this amount on the extra training for the therapist, as well as the heater units, stones and the extra clean up time. I hope this helped, and good luck on your new service!

- Lynda

Lynda Solien-Wolfe is Vice President, Massage and Spa at Performance Health. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist and has been in private practice in Merritt Island, Florida for more than 20 years. Lynda graduated from Space Coast Health Institute in West Melbourne, FL.


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