These thick-stemmed marble mushroom stones are used for applying cold and pressure to the neck, shoulder, foot and palm muscles. Using pressure and a gentle rocking motion it is used to relax and relieve swelling in particular areas of the musculature as part of a full hot/cold stone massage. With the extra grip provided by the mushroom stem it allows greater control than normal stones and can also be useful, for facial treatments.
Cold constricts the blood vessels in the body which alleviates swelling. It promotes healing and reduces pain in injured muscles and tissues, so is ideal for sports injuries. Cold stones are great for sinus sufferers as they reduce swelling and sinus inflammation.
Contraindications for cold stone massage: clients who suffer from heart ailments, have easily inflamed skin, have kidney problems, and are sensitive to cold temperatures. Cold stones should not be left on the skin for longer than ten minutes because freezing marble can “burn” the skin if proper precautions are not taken.