Heated Stone Massage
Did you know that heated stones, when applied in the body through touch, could pose a number of health-related benefits to the receiver? Or, did you know that stones possess the smallest amount of vibration of any facet on the planet? Well, that’s what most of the healing experts have discovered, leading to the introduction of the so-called “heated stone massage”.
Heated stone massage, also known as la stone massage, is widely appreciated and accepted in the healthcare and bodywork industry today. Several clinics, spas, fitness centers, and other healthcare establishments have in fact considered it a very effective alternative to the regular massage therapy. Well, no wonder that today, heated stone massage is applied anywhere on earth.
The History of Heated Stone Massage
Not much is written about the history of heated stone massage, but according to some researches, this healing therapy originated from the ancient healing techniques of the Native Americans. Also, there are some evidences to show that its origin can be traced back to the Japanese therapeutic traditions, as well as the Eastern Indian philosophy.
Whatever the evidences for the origin of heated stone massage therapy may suggest, one main fact remains, that is, heated or la stone massage is considered as one of the most effective and most recognized form of healing therapy.
Benefits of the Therapy
As what I’ve mentioned earlier, the heated stone massage offers a number of benefits for the receiver. Included in the list are the following:
* Promotes deeper relaxation
* Reduces stress and tension
* Provide relief to stiff muscles
* Enhances circulation
* Soothes the nervous system
* Enhances the metabolic rate
* Ease bloating caused by PMS
* Relieve chronic back and neck pain
* Opens tight joints
* Frees blocked energies in the body
The Massage Procedure
In heated stone massage, stones of all shapes and sizes are used. These stones are heated to varying temperatures before you arrive for the actual massage. The temperature usually ranges from 0- to 140- degrees Fahrenheit. While waiting on these stones to reach such desired temperature, it is usual in heated stone massage that the body of the receiver will be treated with an aromatherapy oils to create the desired mood.
The therapist will then apply some traditional Swedish strokes, while holding a heated stone. The stone will only be replaced once it cools. Also, the therapists may leave the stones in certain areas of the body, particularly along your spine. Sometimes, the stones are placed on your hands, or between your toes to enhance the energy flow in the body. There are, however, some instances that cold stones are used, but this depends on the condition of the receiver.
Its worth noting that during the heated stone massage procedure, the therapists and the clients themselves will notice certain changes on the body temperature, including the heart and breathing rates. What usually happens is that the heart and breathing rates will rise and drop. This is also true with the body temperature. But, there’s nothing to worry though, for heated stone massage is used to indicate such changes to determine the flow of the blood and the exchange of blood and oxygen in the body, allowing a sense of well-being in the end. That’s basically how the heated stone massage works.