There are few things more sensuous and relaxing than receiving a massage from your partner. Without actual training in massage therapy and proper body mechanics though, it can be easy to get tired while trying to give enough pressure during a massage. You rub, and squeeze, and a few minutes in, your thumbs feel ready to fall off.
Most people don’t have the time or budget for massage therapy school, so the next best thing is to have tools that can help you give a better massage to your partner (and save your own hands in the process). As a lover of massages and long-time massage therapist myself, I can’t resist learning about new tools and toys that might help make massage easier and more fun. So when Désirables offered to send me their set of porcelain massage stones, I was very intrigued.
It’s important to keep in mind that everybody’s body is different. Just because they didn’t work that well for me, doesn’t necessarily mean they’re a bad product overall
What struck me most about them was how slick and smooth they were, and how nicely they glide. They also allow you to generate a lot more pressure with very little effort, and that is a huge plus to keep you from tiring out while you massage. Unfortunately for me, they never really felt quite comfortable in my tiny little hands. It was not entirely just the size…the shape also felt hard for me to control.
It’s important to keep in mind that everybody’s body is different. Just because they didn’t work that well for me, doesn’t necessarily mean they’re a bad product overall, and I still felt like they had great potential. I decided that I really wanted to get a second opinion, so I turned to a very talented and professional massage therapist that I know and trust, Corbett Mitchell of Argentae Therapy.
This is what he had to say:
(Spoiler alert: he loved them! The minute Corbett picked them up, the stones fit like they were custom made. After a few minutes of having him work on me with them, I was sold. These stones really are a great product, even if they weren’t personally my cup of tea to use.)
As a massage therapist, my most important tools are my hands, and the utmost care must always be taken to keep them in top shape. Over time the tendons and joints in your hands, especially around the thumbs, can become strained and painful, leading many massage therapists to quit their practice early, something that unfortunately causes them to miss out on a fulfilling and rewarding career.
I’ve noticed it myself when working, especially days when I have many clients in a row; my hands will end up tired and sore, often requiring a long soak in some hot water to loosen up again. It is a detriment to the craft that a lot of us experience on a regular basis. There are many things that, as a therapist, you can do to help lessen the effect of the hard work you put in, including getting amazing tools to help you do your work.
The real winner though, in my experience at least, comes from the near frictionless glaze.
This is where the ADORI massage stones come in. The stones themselves are unassuming, white with gentle curves that create a soothing appearance. On the inside of the curve, the porcelain is unglazed, a gripping texture that makes it easy to hold, allowing you to apply pressure where it’s needed without fear that the stone is going to slip from your grasp. The outside of the curve is glazed, a near friction-less surface that, while firmer than most of your tools, glides over the skin with a bit of lotion almost effortlessly.
ADORI stones, being porcelain, start off cold to the touch, but absorb heat quickly, leading your clients to often mistake them for you own hands. The heat conduction is excellent, allowing you to place them in hot water to heat them for a hot stone massage, or even in an ice bath for a quick, non-messy solution to working with ice!
Every stones curve hugs your hand, making it easy to use them in different positions, from across your palm for long broad strokes, to having the tip pressed against your thumb for deep detailed massages; and since they come in three sizes to a pack, you have the ability through them to get every part of the body for a relaxing, rewarding experience, to both your clients and you.
The real winner though, in my experience at least, comes from the near frictionless glaze. That small detail creates the ability to work through clothing in such a way that you can massage over clothes as if you were working on bare skin with lotion. This comes a benefit because often times, especially at public events, where it would be silly to have clients disrobe, you can create near to the same benefit as you would be able to during a full session. In turn, these stones hold a possibility of helping a business to grow in a wonderful and fulfilling manner.
If there is only one criticism of the stones I have; is that one size does not fit all, those with smaller hands do seem to have a bit of a hard time with holding them. However, that should not detract you from getting them should you want to, as they are amazing tools that, personally speaking, I will definitely be using in my practice for years to come.
Concluding this, the ADORI Stones are an amazing addition to your arsenal of tools, and I would recommend them to any therapist, veteran or just starting out.
- Three curved massage stones
- Material: glazed & unglazed porcelain
- Carrying pouch
Things I Like
- Super smooth glide
- Good heat conduction. They work well heated, chilled, or warmed to body temperature
- Work amazingly well right over clothing, as well as over skin with oil or massage cream
- Allow you to get deep pressure with minimal effort
- Works wonderfully for sensual massage at home and is also an excellent tool for professional massage therapists
FYI Before you Buy
- One size may not fit all. While the stones fit Scraps Sharpsplinter like a glove, they conformed less well to Kitt’s tiny hands
- The side that fits next to your hand is unglazed, making it easier to absorb oils and harder to clean. Kitt also found the texture less comfortable