Hot Stone Massage
What is a Hot Stone Massage?
Hot Stone therapy has been used in many different cultures for hundreds of years. Healers used rocks from the riverbeds and warmed them either on hot coal or in hot water. Placing the warm stones on the body and arranging them along the ‘energy centres’ – the chakras -of the body can help to relax the muscles and reduce pain or discomfort and boost a healing process. The placing of the stones can be followed by a stone massage which can be deeper and more intense as heat penetrates the body and relaxes the muscles.
Hot Stone Massage for whom?
Most people benefit from a Hot Stone Massage. This treatment can be an important part of keeping and feeling well. This massage suits people who respond well to heat and/or for whom heat aids their mental relaxation. It also helps people who suffer from chronic pain or who enjoy the greater intensity of this wonderful warm Stone Massage.
The benefits of this therapy include a reduced feeling of stress, deep state of relaxation for mind and body. Hot Stone therapy can help in the treatment of muscular aches, pains, and strains, rheumatic and arthritic conditions, back pain, headaches, insomnia and it helps to improve circulation and it can help to reduce anxiety, tension and depression. A Hot Stone Massage can assist in releasing emotional blockages and endorphins which are body substances that reduce pain and bring about a feeling of wellbing.
What does the treatment involve?
The pebbles used are often basalt, a black volcanic rock, which absorb and retain heat very well. Typically a soothing massage is performed with the recipient lying on the treatment couch. During the treatment towels will be used and warm, smooth pebbles are applied (on the towels) to the body. The stones are also used for a gentle massage when they are cool enough to allow the contact with the recipient’s skin. This massage provides warmth to the muscles and may bring profound relaxation.
A typical session lasts one hour following the initial consultation.
The treatment is suitable for most people. However, there are some contra-indications: if you suffer from a contagious condition or an acute infection of the skin or use painkillers on a regular basis you should consult your GP before receiving treatment. The same applies to people who have had an accident recently (that resulted in spinal injuries) or who suffer from thrombosis. People who have problems with their spine or joints should seek advice from their GP before booking a treatment.
After a treatment
After the treatment the recipient will feel deeply relaxed, a term know also as ‘grounded’.
Therefore we suggest the recipient takes some time to enjoy the deep state of relaxation and to slowly come back to full awareness. (Some people might be too relaxed to drive, for example, until about 20 minutes after the treatment.)
After the treatment the recipient should take time to rest, as the body will detoxify for up to 48 hours. Therefore the recipient should also rest more in the following days and drink plenty of water in order to gain maximum benefit from this healthy treatment.