What is Hot Stone Massage?
Hot Stone massage is a more effective way to give a massage treatment using hot stones. One stroke with a hot stone is worth 5 with the hand, so the treatment is more powerful because it enables deeper penetration to break down the knots that are found in muscles. The therapeutic heat is deep and soothing making for a luxurious and relaxing treatment. This is my best treatment yet and the hot stones take massage to the next level.
The History of Hot Stones
The use of hot stones can be found across many cultures & civilisations. The Japanese 4,000 years ago used hot stones placed on their abdomen to help aid digestion. The Chinese massaged and placed the hot stones over organs to heal & improve function. Acupuncture before needles started off as sharpened stones. The Native Americans used hot stones as part of their rituals in the sweat lodge they believed each stone had a soul & represented lost truths as part of a detoxifying process. The Native Americans also placed hot stones on the abdomen to help women with period pains, this is where the hot water bottle originated from. The Romans used hot stones to heat a room for bathing this is now our modern day sauna. The Hawaiians wrapped stones in leaves in a shallow pit & the treatment involved lying over the stones. The South Americans used cold stones to stop a bleed after childbirth & numb the pain and inflammation. We now use a bag of frozen peas when we sprain an ankle & heat packs from the chemist when we have back ache to help mobilise stiff & pulled muscles. Stone Henge is famous because of the Pagan rituals performed around and within the energy of the stones. The effects and benefits of stones have always been around and used by many different cultures and have a place in society even today.
What stones are used in a Hot Stone Massage?
The hot stones used in a hot stone massage treatment are basalt stones because they retain heat & have been handpicked & naturally shaped & smoothed to give a deep & relaxing pampering treatment. Basalt stones are a common volcanic rock formed from the rapid cooling of lava as it touches the earth this is why it is very hard & holds heat making it perfect for a treatment.
The Benefits of Hot Stones
The hot stones increase circulation, open up the muscles for a deeper more powerful treatment. They have a naturally grounding effect and the warmth is soothing & relaxing. Cold stones can also be used over areas of inflammation for a cooling effect. Overall the experience takes massage to the next level because it helps in the same way massage does but faster with more powerful results in helping managing these conditions:
- Migraine & tension headaches
- Constipation & digestive disorders
- Muscle aches, back pain & sports injuries
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