How to Sanitize Hot Stones for Massage

The following video is for massage therapy professionals who want to know how to sanitize their hot stones properly. This is the method that I use in my private massage therapy practice. I hope that all therapists consider how important this topic is and do their own research in order to thoroughly clean their hot stones. Essential oils are not a proper method of sanitization. Please consult your professional organizations before making your own decision regarding sanitization. I am not an expert regarding this subject, and you should consult your local health board before implementing any of the information and suggestions on this website. 

Find out more about hot stone massage on this page of my website

To properly clean your hot stones for massage:

Consider using antibacterial soap, followed by a ten-minute isopropyl alcohol soak, and the use of a hospital grade disinfectant. Finish off with a ten-minute soak in boiling water and rinse thoroughly.

Video: How to Sanitize Hot Stones in a Professional Massage Therapy setting

The following is a loose transcription of my video on the proper sanitization of hot stones for massage

Hi, this is Sonia, the Haleiwa Massage Muse at Integrated Massage. Today, I wanted to do a little video about hot stone sanitization. It’s one of my pet peeves, and I see this question come up on massage therapy boards all the time. How do you clean hot stones? And no, the answer is not by adding ten drops of tea tree oil to the water and using them on the next client. That is disgusting and completely unethical, and yes, I do know of places that do this!

Here is how I clean my hot stones for massage:

  • Scrub them clean using antibacterial soap. I know that there are people who advocate against the overuse of antibacterial products, but this is for the home setting, not when you are working with the general public who may or may not have something contagious and may have small unnoticed nicks, scratches or broken skin.
  • Next, wet them down with hospital grade disinfectant. I don’t want to advocate any one brand over another. As long as it says that it’s hospital grade, it should be fine. It should have a very long list of things that it is effective against, such as staph. strep, HIV, hepatitis, herpes, fungus, and mildew, etc. Tea tree oil has some great properties but is not a safe method of sanitization. It is unbelievable how often I see therapists and spas who advocate using essential oils as a safe method of sanitization. This is not safe when you are talking about a professional setting that offers services to the general public.
  • Follow the instructions for the amount of time the product must remain wet.
  • Wash the disinfectant off and dry them completely
  • I use boiling water from an electric kettle to give a second rinse just prior to setting them up as well.

  • I feel like this is the best, most ethical method to sanitize your hot stones in a professional massage therapy setting. I know that there are many other ways. I have come across people that put them in their dishwasher, I also know of therapists that use pool chemicals, and there was some word a few years ago that the CDC approved a ten-minute alcohol bath for cleansing. I’d love to hear your comments on this subject.

    Thank you so much for listening to my Haleiwa Massage Muse video blog. I hope you tune in next time and visit our massage therapy clinic in Waialua on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii soon. We offer a free mini hot stone add-on with every custom massage session, and we also offer a full hot stone massage session for an additional charge.

    *Please consult your professional organizations before making your own decision regarding sanitization. I am not an expert regarding this subject, and you should consult your local health board before implementing any of the information and suggestions on this website. 

    Sonia Beauchamp
    The Haleiwa Massage Muse

Online North Shore Massage Booking

Aloha everyone,

I am happy to announce that my online scheduling system is back up and running. I have decided to try Square's new software and have made the switch from my previous account at YouCanBook.Me

Click here to book your North Shore massage appointment online

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I hope that this makes it easier for all of my clients to get in with me. Please note that the only option to book on-line massage is for our 60 minute custom session. This session is for wellness and is not eligible for reimbursement by your insurance company. If you are trying to book a medical massage, you will need to call to schedule your appointment. Your case will need to be evaluated for medical necessity first, and we will need to collect additional information.

There are also more appointment times available if you are able to call or text message me personally at 808-285-3009. The online scheduling system only has a limited number of appointments available. Just call for additional openings. You will need to pay with your credit card in advance when you book on-line. Please give my Waialua massage clinic a call. We are just outside of Haleiwa on the North Shore of Oahu. I love giving massage, and I look forward to working with you soon!

Sonia Beauchamp
The Haleiwa Massage Muse
In Waialua on the North Shore of Oahu

Haleiwa Massage Muse: Video Blog on Deep Tissue Massage

Aloha everyone,

Last week, many of you requested to find out more about my specialties. Please watch the following video post about deep tissue massage. It is my favorite massage modality! Also, this post touches on Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage as well. A written transcription is provided below the video for your convenience.

Mahalo and I hope to see you soon at our Waialua Massage Clinic.
The Haleiwa Massage Muse
Sonia Beauchamp

Video Blog Post: Week of August 13, 2018

My specialization in Deep Tissue Massage and Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage


Good morning everyone. This is Sonia, the Haleiwa Massage Muse at Integrated Massage Last week, Quite a few of you wanted to know what my specialties are, So I thought that would be a great topic for this weeks video post. First and foremost, I will always be a deep tissue therapist. I love deep tissue massage, it feels amazing, and I specifically sought out a school that offered a deep tissue specialization program. That being said, I am not one of those therapists who believe in the old saying, “no pain, no gain” This old way of thinking is simply not the truth. Current research supports the fact that massage therapy should feel good and should always be performed within the patient's comfort level. This being said, deep tissue massage is subjective depending on the person who receives it. One person may need very firm pressure while gently pressure is sufficient for someone else. A good massage therapist is able to adjust their technique accordingly. For those of you who are athletes, surfers, bodybuilders or crossfitters, I also do barefoot massage which allows me to use my full bodyweight while I apply pressure with my feet. Behind me, you can see my ashiatsu overhead bars. In addition to working on people with an active lifestyle, I also specialize in working with chronic pain patients using a holistic approach that includes massage therapy, breathwork, and guided meditation and visualization when applicable. This could be a topic for a different video, as we are out of time for today. Mahalo for tuning in this week, and I’ll see you again soon.

Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know me. I am always happy to answer your questions. Follow me on social media for the latest massage therapy news. See more videos on my vlog page.

Sonia Beauchamp

Video Blog: Meet the Haleiwa Massage Muse

Aloha everyone,

Here is a brief video introduction for those of you who have never met me before. Watch this video to find out more about our Waialua massage clinic and our mission to make massage accessible to the public. Also, find out about our community wellness program where massage therapy starts at $50.

Transcription of the video:

Week of August 6 2018.

Aloha, my name is Sonia and I own Integrated Massage and Deep TIssue therapy in Waialua

I have been located inside the Ka’ala Healing Arts center since 2005, and have been a massage therapist since 1999.

I wanted to make a brief video to introduce myself and the goals of my massage clinic.
Mainly, I want to make massage therapy accessible to the public. Massage has such an amazing impact on quality of life, and I would like to see more people benefit from it, not just wealthy people who go to high-end spas and specialty clinics, but everyday people of all income levels.

I opened up my clinic in 2005 to get out of the high-end massage market and offer my services based on health, wellness, and pain relief. I have done my best to accept all health insurance plans that cover massage therapy and also take personal injury cases whenever possible. For those of you who don’t have coverage for massage, I have started a community wellness program that offers treatment sessions starting at $50.

I love what I do for a living, and I look forward to answering any questions you might have. Please don't hesitate to give me a call or email at any time. See more videos on my vlog page.

Best Massage Tool for Headaches

The Adjustable Neck and Shoulder Four Knob Trigger Point Self-Massage Tool:

I discovered this massage tool last year at a discount store for under $10 and purchased it for my collection of self-massage tools. I didn't have high expectations... BUT it ended up outperforming my $250 Clark Enterprises "Kneading Fingers" machine. This little purchase has been the best investment to relieve migraines! I never would have guessed just by looking at it, but it's amazing!

This handy gadget is the best self-massage tool on the market for anyone who suffers from headaches due to neck tension. It is simple to use and can easily slide into any suitcase or carry-on. You don't need to plug it in or use batteries. All it needs is a gentle squeeze of both hands together. Each knob pulls out and rotates into either a narrow setting or a wide setting.

You can use this product in a number of ways. Depending on which position the knobs are placed in, you can massage your lower cervical region or the upper neck and the area around the first and second cervical vertebrae.

Note how the position of my hands and the direction in which I hold the tool alters which muscles are targeted.

You can have your hands lowered like in the top picture, or you can have your hands above your head like the second picture.

I have found that the most amazing way to use this tool is LYING DOWN using the hand position in the second picture. It feels so good because you can completely relax your head and neck muscles. If you let your head go limp on the floor, you can even provide gentle traction away
from your body which can help reduce headaches and provide immediate relief.

To do this, simply imagine that I am lying down in the second photo instead of sitting.

Feel free to be creative with massage tools. Go easy. Start with less pressure and work your way up in order to prevent doing too much too fast and making yourself sore. If you have an injury or existing medical condition, make sure you get an evaluation from a medical doctor before you attempt self-massage.

If it feels good then it's working! 

If it is painful, you should stop immediately! Simple!

I hope that this article has been helpful to you. I am so happy to be able to provide massage therapy to residents of the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. I have been a resident of Waialua and Haleiwa providing massage therapy for almost twenty years now. Give me a call to schedule your appointment. I look forward to seeing you soon!
Sonia Beauchamp
The Haleiwa Massage Muse
Integrated Massage and Deep Tissue Therapy
in Ka'ala Healing Arts building.

Self-care Massage Products

I am a big advocate for self-care. Receiving massage therapy is fantastic, but what happens when you are unable to book an appointment? What happens when you feel a killer migraine coming on and are so nauseous that you cannot drive? This is when self-massage tools are really handy. I use massage tools on myself on almost a daily basis, and I constantly am recommending them to my clients.

It is my goal to help people be pain-free. By learning how to take care of yourself between massage appointments, you will feel healthier and happier. 

Love always,
Sonia Beauchamp
The "Haleiwa Massage Muse"
at Integrated Massage and Deep Tissue Therapy in Waialua.
My massage clinic is located near Haleiwa on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. 
We are on the second floor of the Ka'ala Healing Arts building.

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