Stone Therapy Massage
What is Stone Therapy Massage?
Stone therapy massage involves the placement of stones on the body to alleviate stress, muscular tension to promote relaxation to the mind body and spirit.
Stone Therapy Massage
The benefits and effects of massage benefits many physical and emotional conditions to promote the ultimate state of well-being. Utilising both methods of warmth and coolness it is thought to promote the body to detox and heal, increasing lymph flow which may help flush toxins. In addition the warmth from the stones encourages the body to relax in a shorter space of time enabling the therapist to apply deep tissue work if appropriate.
How it works
Stones that are used for heat have been suggested to promote the blood vessels to dilate, whilst stones used for cooling helps promote the blood vessels to constrict. The Stones can either be placed or retained on specific points on the body or glided over the skin using a massage lubricant such as a massage oil or lotion to help relieve tissue tension along the muscle regions.
Type of stones used
Stones used for heat are usually made from basalt, a type of rock that is rich in iron to help retain heat. Marble stones are used occasionally for cooling during a treatment, particularly if there is inflammation. The size of the stones varies, depending which part of the body is being treated.
The stones are smooth, stones used for warmth are immersed in water and heated in an electric heater that either provides a temperature reading or has an adjustable thermostat control.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How do the stones feel?
The stones are not rough. They are flat and smooth. The massage therapist always tests and holds the stones first before placing them on to your body, which ensures that the temperature will not be too hot or cold. Everyone, however, has their own comfort range. So please speak up if the stones are too hot or cold for you.
What can I expect during my Stone Therapy Massage?
The massage therapist often begins by applying a massage oil or lotion to the body, which allows the stones to glide smoothly along the muscles. After the heated stones have relaxed the muscles, the massage therapist may put down the stones and use his or her hands to directly massage the skin.The stones may then be placed back on to the body and left for a short period of time. The massage therapist may place small stones between your toes or in the palm of your hand.
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