HOT STONE MASSAGE
Hot stone massage is a specialized massage where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones, either massaging with them as part of there hands, or by placing them on the body while they massage other parts of the body. The heat can be both deeply relaxing, gentle and this also helps to warm up tight/tense muscles so the therapist can work more deeply and quickly.
Hot stones for healing dates back to ancient times, but it wasn't until Arizona massage therapist Mary Nelson introduced her hot stone massage technique, called La Stone Therapy, that the use of hot stones for massage caught on.
How Does Hot Stone Massage Work?
Hot stones are made of Basalt, a type of rock that is rich in iron, so they retain heat, these natural basalt stones are from the river beds of Peru and not to be confused with the hand cut stones. These stones have been formed over hundreds of years.
The stones are placed into warm water and are heated by using a electric hot stone heater. They are kept within a certain temperature range until the therapist removes them to massage with. The stones can be placed at certain points on the back of the body, in the palms of the hands, or between the toes.
The heat from the hot stones warms and relaxes the muscles, which allows the therapist to apply deeper pressure, if needed.
The warmth of the hot stones helps to improve circulation and calms the nervous system.
Therapists can place the hot stones on certain points of the body, that are thought to be
energy centers (chakras) of the body to help and aid the re-balance of the body and mind.
Why Do People Get Hot Stone Massage?
Many people find the warmth of the hot stones to be comforting, relaxing and rejuvenating.
Hot stone massage is suited to most people who just want to relax and really feel pampered. It is also wonderful for thoughs who suffer with muscle tension or back problems. The heat helps to relax muscles, and melt aches & pains away, this then allows the therapist to work on the muscles much deeper if needed.
Hot Stone Massage has amazing benefits for:
- Back pain and aches
- Poor circulation
- Osteoarthritis and arthritis pain
- Stress, anxiety and tension
- Pure Relaxation
Reiki which stands for “Life Force Energy” is a holistic treatment, which is used to balance the energies of the body. This amazing treatment originated in Japan in the 1900s, Reiki was very much then about working on you. It is a form of self-healing or self-development and spiritual development.
Reiki is a wonderful alternative treatment, for anyone who wants to relax. The benefits are:
Reduction of stress
Helps alleviate sleep deprivation
Helps with emotional stress/trauma
It accelerates the body’s self-healing abilities
Removes energy blockages, adjusts the energy flow of the endocrine system bringing the body into balance and harmony
Helps spiritual growth and emotional clearing
Helps relieve pain
In Some cases it can help towards acute (injuries) and chronic problems (asthma, eczema, headaches, etc.) and aides the breaking of addictions
During your treatment the therapist helps the client to heal themselves spiritually, mentally, emotionally and also physically by a simply laying on there hands or hovering there hands over the chakra points. The therapist uses special symbols to channel the energy allowing it to flow where the body most needs this and bringing them back into alignment.
The therapist must a clear all the points of the body, to allow the healing energy to flow. This plays a very important part in the healing process; this then aids the client to leave feeling relaxed and balanced