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Hot Stone Massage

The Origins of Stone Therapy

Hot stones have been used for healing purposes for thousands of years, with many cultures using stones in different ways. The earliest use was to improve health and relaxation, this took place in India among the Hindus and was called Ayurveda. This involved the placement of stones on the body to relax tense muscles and relieve pain.

The Japanese used warm stones placed on their abdomen to give them a sense of being fuller for a longer time after a meal. They did not eat a lot at one meal and therefore the use of stones was linked to weight loss and maintaining a healthy body.

Hawaiian Kahunas discovered that wrapping heated lava rocks in leaves and applying them to the body brought pain relief. This was administered by medicine shamans calls Kahunas.

Chinese used heated stones more than 2,000 years ago, with intentions of improving the function of internal organs.

Native American used heated stones in their sweat lodges. Though the stones weren’t applied to the body, the natives recognised that the heat produced by the stones eased tense muscles and brought whole-body relaxation.

The old technique of using heated stones in massage was reborn with the introduction of La Stone Therapy, created by Mary Nelson in 1993. Hot stone massage is known to be one of the most relaxing forms of massage a person can receive and in the last 10 years has gained popularity as a complementary therapy for many conditions such as muscle tension, pain, stress, insomnia and auto immune disorders. Modern day use of hot stone massage is varied to suit many different needs.

 

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The Experience

During a hot stone massage the therapist combines the warmth of heated basalt stones with massage therapy, providing a healing and effective experience. The hot stones are placed on specific areas to improve the flow of energy in your body. The heat of the stones relaxes muscles allowing deeper penetration into the muscles and tissues, helping to reduce pain or tension. The hot stones expand blood vessels, this encourages blood and lymphatic circulation, brings more nutrients into the area and assisting to detox the body. The stones also have a sedative effect on the nervous system that can help reduce stress and anxiety, while promoting emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing.

The stones are made of basalt, a type of volcanic rock that retains heat. The basalt stones reflect “Yang” energy which is strong and grounding. The stones have the resonance of the earth and this is felt by the client, taking them back to nature, energising them, and at the same time bringing them into a very deep relaxation. They carry magnetic healing properties and connect with the flow of energy, to physically rebalance the bodies’ energy centres during treatment.

If you wish to experience this relaxing and nurturing therapy for yourself, book an appointment with Karen on 027 710 0454.