Hot Stone Massage What is it?
The heat from the stones feels truly relaxing is wholly therapeutic and helps remove toxic waste products from the muscles, relieve stress, depression, stiff joints and promotes deep relaxation.
History of Hot Stone Massage Therapy
Hot Stone Massage Therapy dates back over 5,000 years. It originated from healers using stones from the rivers and volcanoes of ancient India. Hot stones were used for relaxing purposes and for balancing chakras (energy centres in the body). Stones and crystals have been used as part of culture and spirituality, starting from flint tools. The Australian aboriginal shamans used stones to commune with spirits. The Mayans and Druids used stones for divination, while the Japanese used them to warm the abdomen to aid digestion. The Chinese have been using stones to relieve muscular pain for about 4000 years.
What happens during a treatment?
Before your treatment we will carry out a full and confidential consultation and assessment of your needs. Massage oil will be applied over the body and initially the therapist will use hands to transfer the heat from the stones and start the massage. The stones themselves will then be used to provide a deep and comforting massage. They will also be placed along the spine and various other parts of the body during the course of the massage.
What are the benefits of Hot and Cold Stone Massage?
The benefits of Hot Stone Massage include: -
- Deep relaxation, the warmth relaxes both physically and mentally
- The heat from the stones is transferred to the body by conduction and it may reach up to 3cm into the muscle
- Stress is reduced, relieving mental and physical fatigue
- Circulation is improved and muscles have an increased blood supply, improving function
- Toxins and waste are eliminated more quickly
- The warmth can relieve pain in muscles and joints
- Tension in connective tissue is decreased
- There is a deep comfort of receiving warmth on the body
- Refreshes and stimulates the mind
- Helps to relieve tissue congestion (such as the sinuses)
- Soothes irritation
- Cools down the body on a warm day or during hot flushes
Does Hot Stone Massage hurt?
PRACTITIONER: Paul Hopfensperger MIfHI MCMA