- by Simarouba Yoga and Naturopathy Clinic
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- Jan 12 2018
Hot stone massage therapy
Chances are you might have come a across a photo of this massage somewhere- a bunch of black pebble-like stones lined on a person’s back. So, what is this therapy?
Hot stone massage therapy is a special massage which uses smooth, heated stones as a mode of treatment. The therapists use these stones as an extension of their own hands during a massage or place them on specific points in the body.
How does it help?
When performed by a professional therapist, hot stone massage has proved to be highly beneficial. Different spas perform this therapy but getting a traditional LaStone Therapy form a certified expert is the best option.
The hot stones work deep into the tissue, relaxes the muscles and warms up tightened and stiff muscles. This heat helps the therapist in enhancing the deep tissue massage as it enables him to work deeper quickly and with ease.
What happens during the massage?
Prior to the session, the therapist sanitises the stones and heats them in a water bath upto 150 degrees. The stones used for this procedure are usually black volcanic rocks called Basalt. These stones are smooth as they are worked on by natural forces in the sea and are particularly good at retaining heat as well.
Usually, the session begins with a regular massage where you lie face down and they work on your back. As the body warms up, they pick up one of the heated stones and continue the massage. When a stone cools, it is replaced with another heated one.
As the massage intensifies, the therapist may leave the heated stones on certain points of the spine, belly, palms and toes. This enhances energy flow within the body. It is believed that these stones possess a certain energetic charge which is maintained by placing them in a particular pattern with periodic changes.
This process is effective in relieving back pain, body aches, stiffness, promoting sleep and lowering stress levels. It improves flow within the body and has a calming effect on the mind as well enabling you to function better overall.
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