Hot Stone Massage dates back to over 3000 years ago in ancient India and China, and more recently to the North American Indians living in the southwest states. Traditions and healing rituals included the laying of stones or wearing stones for health and protection. Also using stones in the diagnosis and treatment of disease or during ceremonies such as sweat lodges or in medicine wheels. Many of these rituals still exist today in the form of hydrotherapy practices and the use of saunas, hot immersion baths and marble stone/cold pools.
What is Basalt and why is it good for Hot Stone Massage?
Baslat is the common type of stone used in this massage. It has been formed when molten lava has cooled following a volcanic erruption. When the lava cools about ground or under water, this process occurs rapidly and the crystals that form are small and not visible to the human eye. Basalt is considered a mafic silicate rock, mafic minerals and rocks are generally dark in colour.
How does it work?
Hot Stone massage combines the benefits of hydrotherapy and thermotherapy with the strokes of massage using stones to create a deep, relaxing and healing treatment.
Using the heat of the stones to warm the skin, allowing the skin to absorb the therapeutic oils, while at the same time preparing the muscles so the therapist can work deeper.
* increased local circulation
* improved blood flow to surrounding tissues
* greater ability to transport toxins and wate products from the area
* Hot stones provide the sense of a deep massage which induces deep relaxation
* relaxation of tense muscles
* stress relief