If you're doing hot stone massage starting with the client face down, you're not letting the stones do as much for you as they can, you're mainly using them as warm firm tools. Starting face up with placement stones under the body means the weight of the client and the heat of the stones just melts the muscles before they turn over, it can make a HUGE difference it the amount of work you do when they turn over. Placement stones under the body means more stones, possibly a larger heater, and learning a technique that isn't like normal massage, so a lot of stone courses don't teach it that way. Most courses just teach you how to include the massage in your normal routine (they'll teach you a 'routine', but you should be able to adapt it to whatever you're doing in a non-stone massage without much problem)
So that's one of the big differences you'll find with stone routines - starting face up or face down depends on whether placement stones are used underneath the back.
Originally Posted by bearchen
>>>>We also placed placement stones on various areas.
Do you place placements stones on the chakra area and then massage parts of the body? I am not sure which is the best methods with the stones. >>>>>>
What do you mean by 'which is the best'? Using placement stones or not using placement stones? Putting placement stones on before or after massaging?
When the client is face up, I will put placement stones on the chakras, it's the weight and the warmth, very nurturing
like using a hot water bottle. I place the stones then massage the rest of the body, it gives the stones time to do something.
Placement stones used on the back like you see on almost every photo of a stone massage are more a photo opportunity than helping with the massage, looks good in photos, but having the stones uncovered like you see in the photos they cool down so quickly they don't do much.