Hot Rocks Massage
WHAT IS HOT STONE MASSAGE?
Stone therapy is a thermotherapy, using stones to provide heat. The heated volcanic stones are used on key acupressure sites and the heat relaxes the muscles, allowing for a much deeper massage.
Heated stones can also be placed on the body’s chakras, or energy points, working with the body’s natural energy to create balance both physically and mentally. Alternatively, the stones can be used as a kind of “place marker”, letting the therapist know where more specific massage or treatments are needed.
The stones come in different shapes and sizes and the therapist will select the stones according to your needs.
When getting a stone therapy massage, it is not unusual for the client’s body temperature, heart rate and breathing rate to rise and fall during the treatment. This is not harmful and is merely the result of the rapid exchange of oxygen and blood in the body.
The therapist’s goal is to bring about deep relaxation in the client so that negativity is removed and the client feels an overall sense of wellbeing.
BENEFITS OF A HOT STONE MASSAGE
Many people find the warmth of the hot stones to be comforting and get it for relaxation. Hot stone massage is suited to people who tend to feel chilly or who have cold feet. It’s also suited for people who have muscle tension but prefer a lighter massage.
Stone therapy massage can be used to treat a variety of conditions including:
- Improving the lymphatic and immune systems
- Normalising body functions
- Helping your body to heal itself
- Increasing of cellular activity
- Improving the flow of blood
- Inflammation and muscle injury
- Removing stress and inducing a feeling of well-being
- Balancing the male and female energies
WHO CAN’T BE TREATED?
Hot Stone massage is not appropriate if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or are on medication that thins your blood. You shouldn’t get a hot stone massage if you are pregnant or have sunburn.
You also may want to reconsider if you are menopausal, as it may trigger a hot flush.