Welcome to Hot Stone Massage
A brief history of Hot Stone Massage
Hot Stone therapy has been used for over 2,000 years. Native American women
used to place a warmed stone on their belly during menses. Roman baths involved
hot water and tables of hot and cold stones to lie on. Pilgrims would put a hot
stone at the end of their bed to warm their feet. Fasting Japanese priests would
wear a sash in which 3 warm stones were placed to help to slow down their
digestive process. Ancient Chinese, Egyptians and American Indians used stones
Hot stone therapy is an exciting massage treatment sweeping the country. Basalt stones are heated and applied to the body in totally unique, and super relaxing ways.
Harmonizing, restoring and rejuvenating the body at its deepest level.
Hot stone therapy goes beyond the physical experience of typical massage and enters deeper dimensions of relaxation, health and well-being. Physically the circulation and metabolism are stimulated; mentally the client reaches a state of deep relaxation and spiritually is balanced whilst healing takes place. Hot stone therapy combines traditional massage with the use of smooth, heated basalt stones, which are applied to the body as an extension of the therapist's hands. The massage is 10 times more effective than a normal massage. The warmth of these heated stones penetrates muscles and balances the nervous system like no other treatment.
The stones are heated in a special heater which maintains the correct temperature throughout the Treatment.
Benefits of Hot Stone Massage
A good hot stone therapy should:
* Remove toxins
* Boost blood circulation
* Increase range of motion
* Calm the nervous system
* Accelerate lymph drainage
* Penetrate Deeper than standard massage
* Provide relaxation, decongestion & detoxification
It is said to have health benefits for people with:
* Muscular pain
* Poor circulation
* Multiple sclerosis (MS)
* Back pain
* Rheumatic and arthritic conditions
As with all spa therapies, never underestimate the feel-good factor. Hot Stone Massage will make you feel nurtured, pampered and special.
You will probably feel deeply relaxed, blissed-out and meditative after your
massage. Some people have reported closing their eyes and seeing bright colours.
Enjoy the afterglow, float slowly back to the real world and re-hydrate your
body by sipping plenty of water.
Following your treatment you may experience minor reactions, there is no need to worry as these are only temporary & occur as the toxins are dispersed from your body. This will be fully explained to you.
In order to reduce the chance of any temporary adverse side effects try to do
* Listen to your body: If you feel tired, simply rest, if you feel energetic, go for a short walk
* Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol
* Drink plenty of water
* Eat light meals
Will I have to undress?
For a full body massage you will need to remove all clothes except your pants. This is done privately, you will lie face down on the couch with a towel over you. Your modesty is a priority.
What happens during a treatment?
Initially I will talk to you about your lifestyle, diet and medical history. This session will last just under 2 hours, subsequent sessions will last about 1.5 hours. Such information is confidential.
I will talk through with you the conditions I will treat and then advise you on which oils I will use.
A blend of oils is made up especially for you, according to your likes and requirements for use with the stones. The heat from the stones can penetrate the tissue layers up to and over 1.5 inches and is carried down to the deepest layers of the blood. This is known as conduction which brings about local physiological and systemic changes to the body. The longer the application of warm stones on the body, the deeper the penetration to muscle tissue and joints, increasing the metabolism by 10% to 15%. The smooth rounded hot stones of varying sizes are placed around, under and on top of the body, from the forehead to between the toes, giving a deep massage, creating a sensation of warmth and comfort. They retain their heat on the body for as long as possible and can also be used in conjunction with other therapies eg. aromatherapy, reflexology and facial massage.
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