Heat and massage create a relaxing gentle yet effect body treatment Hot stone massage is one of the fastest-growing massage techniques in spas throughout the US and Europe. This form of bodywork involves the use of heated and cooled stones applied to the body in various ways to bring about relief to stiff and sore muscles resulting in the alleviation of many chronic and acute problems.
The use of different temperatures on the body to bring about certain reactions has been done for eons, and many different types of practitioners know that adjusting temperatures in a bodywork can aid clients in healing. Hot Stone Massage combines heat and massage to create a relaxing, gentle yet effective treatment.
Basalt stones are the medium, and the hot and cold temperatures are the massage. This vascular gymnastics of the circulatory system assists the body in self-healing. Stone Massage goes beyond the physical experience of typical massage by entering deeper dimensions of relaxation, health and well being, creating a positive approach to the “body-mind-spirit” philosophy. Stone Massage produces alternately sedative and re-energizing responses to the body.
They physiological benefits of alternating hot and cold to the body have long been medically proven, and clients love the potent recharge they receive from the treatment. Basalt, the most abundant of the volcanic rocks, is a modified igneous rock that is formed by volcanic and sedimentary action. Basalt rocks got their smooth, potato-like shape and size from long years of stream or water activity. Since the dawn the time, people have been drawn to the energies of stones.
You need only look around to see the traces we have left from centuries of walking on Mother Earth. Monstrous stones have been carried unspeakable distances to honor kings and gods. We have created monuments of stones, where we have carved our faces and those of our gods. There worry stones people carry in their pockets, and stone fetishes are created for many forms of healing, rebirth, wealth and relationships.
The American Indians call the stones the “Stone Clan People”, Shamans, medicine people and spiritual leaders from all over the world use stones and crystals in their healing ceremonies. Each color and type of stone reflects energy, purpose, clearing and releasing effect on the clients as it is being used. In Hawai, the Kahunas use lava in their healing treatments. The lava stone represents healing and protection. In the Philippines, it is a common practice to use a rough basalt stone to slough off old, dry skin. In Russia, there is a tradition of using heated black stones in the bath. Even in the days of cowboys, it was common practice to heat stones in the fire and place them on the ground under one’s bedding. You can try Hot Stone Massage while you’re on holiday here. Your hotel concierge should know a spa that offers it.