Mesa, AZ (PRWEB) August 24, 2009
After 4 years TIR Massage Stone continues to set the pace and standard for quality in the massage stone industry. Since they began they have always not only focused on customer needs but the processes to consistently produce high quality massage stone. Recently they have adopted new washing, selection and sorting processes and equipment that have further enhanced their ability to deliver consistency in size, shape and texture that none other in their industry have been able to match.
While they have been in the field of specialty stone sourcing and supply for over 20 years there most recent venture into the massage stone industry was quite coincidental. The owner's wife went to get a massage and noticed some familiar black stones in her treatment room. When she learned they were used for hot stone massage she took them home and explained what she had found to her husband and the rest is history. The company already had the infrastructure in place and was actually sourcing basalt stones for other industries so the owners were able to immediately focus on researching the specifications for this new market.
The company was established with the commitment and dedication to provide the highest quality hot stones at a reasonable price. In order to accomplish this, the management of TIR Massage Stone partnered with their source in South America and obtained the proper permits to legally harvest their stones. Their stones were tested and certified by professional geologists to ensure they have the proper chemical make-up to qualify as basalt stones and to retain the heat. They also researched customer needs by consulting with many therapists and educators throughout the industry to establish the specific sizing criteria for each stone size and shape and to create professionally configured sets. These sets were not only created for full-body massage, but for specialty hot stone therapy such as deep tissue, manicure/pedicure, facial and reflexology treatments. All TIR Massage Stone sets include specialty stones as opposed to many existing sets that are limited to different sized round stones.
Throughout the years this company has been refining and changing their processes to further enhance the quality of product being offered while at the same time increasing efficiency. Worker comfort has increased dramatically since they began as well; processing stones for the massage industry is quite labor intensive. The latest change in processes and the addition of some equipment has been the most significant improvement they have made.
When asked what makes some massage stones better than others, especially if they come from the same place, Director Chris Turley explained, "The difference is not always in the stone itself, but in the labor and processes dedicated to select stones that consistently meet the established criteria and to reject inferior stones so that only the best stones are ever sold into the massage industry. Consistency in sizing and surface quality is the hardest, and most expensive part of massage stone supply. While other companies & eBay sellers cut corners in consistency…we do not! We feel our customers deserve better. Our stones are sorted by hand according to our strict sizing specifications before they ever leave the beaches of South America. They are then shipped to our warehouse in Mesa, AZ where they are thoroughly washed and cleaned, inspected again for sizing and surface quality, paired and sealed in labeled bags for order processing. Any stones that do not meet our precisely defined specifications are rejected and sold as a different product to other industries. Sourcing stones for other industries allows us the ability to be much more selective than our competitors."
Buyer Beware…..There is a lot of competition for this business in both domestic and international markets. Many companies have taken advantage of the demand for stone massage products by promoting massage quality stones while delivering inferior landscape grade stones. Many therapists simply do not know the difference and make their choice based solely on the price. They are often disappointed when their stones arrive and look nothing like the stones advertised. It is difficult to tell the difference when making online purchases so it is very important to purchase massage stone products from a supplier with an excellent reputation. Networking with industry professionals and colleagues or purchasing from a well established professional industry supplier is a very good idea in order to avoid disappointment.
TIR Massage Stone has experienced other stone companies taking their professionally photographed stone sets to sell inferior grade stones. This has been done directly through these competing company websites as well as online auction websites. In order to protect their image and reputation for their company, TIR Massage Stone actively pursues companies and individuals that copy their product images.
It has taken much time and hard work to gain the respect of industry professionals, but TIR Massage Stone has proven the ability to consistently deliver the highest quality hot stone products for both domestic and international markets. Their commitment to providing timely order processing and consistently high quality massage stones through the implementation of processes and equipment along with excellent customer service continues to set them apart from any other stone suppliers.
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