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Hot Stones Massage

Hot Stone Massage Therapy

This treatment involves massage with ‘Hot Stones’ these Hot Stones are usually natural stones formed from volcanic lava. These stones are excellent at absorbing and retaining heat and are placed over the body to pre-heat muscle tissue thus inducing relaxation. During a treatment the therapist also uses the stones to apply massage techniques giving the client a deeper and more relaxing treatment. Each massage stroke with a stone will equate to 10 manual massage strokes.

 

Hot Stones massage originated from several cultures, below are a few examples…

Asia-Ayurvedic Medicine: Smooth stones which were taken from river beds were warmed or cooled for use in healing and massage

Ancient Japanese also used stones they wore a sling to carry hot stones this would warm their abdomens and improved digestion

Ancient Chinese used heated stones more than 2,000 years ago to improve the function of internal organs

Native Americans used hot stones during rituals and in sweat lodges similar to modern-day saunas.

Hawaiians used hot stones on a regular basis, they called this Hahana Stone Massage. This entailed the wrapping of hot stones in Ti leaves with certain therapeutic properties these were then placed onto sore muscles to reduce pain similar to using a heat pack or poultice

Hawaiian massage with hot stones was named Kahuna/Lomi-Lomi massage. Due to the coarseness of the volcanic stones, this combined with massage acts as a powerful exfoliation technique.

The use of heated stones in massage was recently reintroduced with LaStone Therapy, created by Mary Nelson, in 1993. Mary Nelson combined the use of hot stones with her massage therapy and treatment to create her own style of massage technique called LaStone Therapy

Present day Hot Stones are usually also taught with the use and knowledge of semi-precious stones/crystals, the use of these are optional. The stones are placed over the Chakra’s to enhance the body’s energies to rebalance and create an equilibrium.

The benefits of Hot Stones will be similar to the massage although a much deeper pressure will induce deeper relaxation. Sometimes clients may experience an euphoric outcome.

Hot Stone Massage will take 60 mins – £50 and 90 minutes  £65