STONE THERAPY MASSAGE
What to expect during a Hot Stone Massage. Massage therapist begins the treatment by applying oil to the body, which allows the hot stones to glide smoothly along the muscles. The treatment will usually consist of the therapist placing heated basalt stones of various shapes/sizes onto the client's body (for safety, most of the time these 'placement' stones won't be in direct contact with the skin, instead they will be placed onto a towel to buffer the heat). The massage therapist always holds the stones first before touching them to client body, which ensures that the temperature will not be too hot. These stones are placed onto different points (chakras, energy points, sore muscles, etc).
Whilst these placement stones are warming and activating specific areas (along spine, in the palms of hand, on belly, or between toes to improve the flow of energy in the body), the therapist will take several other heated stones and begin massaging a different area of the body. The heat from the stones is released deep into the muscles, greatly enhancing the massage. It is said that one stroke with a heated stone is equivalent to ten normal massage strokes!
How the stones are heated?
Stones are heated in a special electric stone heater which is filled with water. Water is typically heated to 50-53 degrees Celsius (122-127 degrees Fahrenheit).
What are Basalt Stones?
These are volcanic rocks found on the exterior of a volcano. They are formed from the hot lava that spills out of the volcano as it erupts. Over many thousands of years they are exposed to the elements (sun, wind, heat and cold conditions, rain and pressure) these factors press the minerals together forming a concentrated mass of minerals and crystals. These mineral black volcanic rocks are well known for their heat absorption and retention properties, which makes them a perfect choice for stone therapy.
What are Marble Stones?
Some therapists will also incorporate cold stones (usually marble) into their treatment which, although not quite as relaxing as the heated stones, do have a part to play for many conditions. Cool marble stones are occasionally used during a treatment, particularly if there is inflammation.
Marble stones are cut and polished to various shapes and sizes and designated to work specific body areas. They can be used on their own or in combination with heated stones. On their own, they act as a powerful decongestant to help diffuse swelling and to encourage blood flow. When used with hot stones, the resulting vasodilatation and constriction encourages nourishing and healing of the tissues.
Cold Stones Benefits:
- Decreases inflammation and acute injuries
- Relieves pain and congestion to blocked sinus areas
- Relieves puffiness and dark circles to the eyes and improves skin tone to the face.
Stone Therapy Benefits:
Hot Stone Massage is suited to people who tend to feel chilly or who have cold feet
- It stimulates the circulatory system and promotes self healing
- Warm tendons will loosen faster and stretch further
- It increases range of motion
- Helps to relieve pain and muscle spasms
- Creates a feeling of peacefulness and spiritual well-being
- Significant stress, anxiety and tension reduction
- Detoxification of the body
- Heat may help to regulate digestion speed up elimination and speed up weight loss
- Improves the metabolic rate
- In many cases, warm treatment instantly soothes PMS-related symptoms
- Provide relief of chronic or temporary back and neck pain
- Instant relaxation of tight and sore muscles
- Heated stones gently and slowly elevate the body temperature
- Warmth improves blood circulation
- Balances and soothes the autonomic nervous system, allowing the client to rest and relax
- Increases blood and lymphatic circulation