Hot Stone Massage
What is Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage is a special massage therapy to alleviate ailments like back pain and stress. Using direct heat, the stones help to loosen muscles and relieve tension. Sometimes the stones are used to massage the body and also held in the hands of the person receiving the massage. Hot stone massage is similar in technique and philosophy to traditional massage.
Massage dates back thousands of years and is the technique of manipulating soft tissue and muscle through pressure. There are references to as far back as biblical times (c. 400 BC)
Hot stone massage may have originated as far back as 5000 years ago in India and the ancient healing tradition of Ayurveda, It is thought that smooth stones were taken from river beds and then warmed or cooled to use in healing and massage.
In Asian cultures, hot stone massage has been used for close to 4,000 years. Hot stone massage was considered to help with digestion and improve the function of the internal organs. The hot stones were placed directly on the stomach to ease pain.
Native Americans used hot stones during rituals and in sweat lodges hundreds of years ago and are still use them today. Hot stones were used to massage the body and hold heat. The hot stones would help to restore balance to an individual and detoxify the body.
In the early 1990s, an American massage therapist name Mary Nelson combined the use of hot stones with her massage therapy She created a technique of using 54 hot stones, 18 frozen stones, and 1 stone at room temperature and named it the LaStone Therapy. Incorporating the chakras, or force centers,
Hot Stone Massage Information
This massage which incorporates the use of Basalt stone (volcanic stones) that are heated in water. The warm stones are integrated into the massage as well as placed on key tension areas of the body.The stones glide over your body warming your muscles and melting away tension and tightness. For a more invigorating massage why not try the hot and cold stone massage