Introduction to Stone Therapy
The ancient healing art of stone therapy using various massage techniques and warm stones relaxes the body at its deepest level and is affective in creating harmony and balance. The subtle energies of stones introduced into a treatment calms the senses, relax muscle tension and promote a medative state.
Historically stones have been used in ceremonies and treatments that are as old as the Incas, the shang Dynasty in China around 1500 BC and ancient Egyptians.
Why use Hot Stones?
Hot stones can be incorporated into a reflexology treatment to further enhance the benefits of the treatment, either as a warm up and closing to a regular reflexology treatment or a full hot stones treatment. It is also believed to yield five times deeper and five times longer lasting effects compared to a “normal” reflexology session. The heat helps to relax the muscles in the feet allowing the therapist to work much deeper into the reflex areas.
The stones are composed of basalt, a volcanic rock, which due to its high density retains heat well. They are heated at a controlled temperature and are only applied to the skin at a comfortable temperature.
The stones are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between treatments.
Effects and possible benefits of Hot Stones Reflexology
reduces muscular tension which will help muscles to relax and repair more efficiently;
What happens during a treatment?
Hot Stones are used throughout the treatment allowing the heat to work the reflex areas and points rather than the therapist’s fingers and thumbs, although sometimes the fingers are used over the bony areas.
The treatment starts by using Hot Stones to massage the lower legs relieving any tension in the calf muscles and helping to enhance energy flow. This is then followed by applying various size stones to the bottom of each foot.
Toe stones are placed between the toes of one foot which is then wrapped in a towel whilst the other foot is given a thorough treatment with the use of various size stones being used to work specific reflexes. Each foot is worked in turn. Warm stones are sometimes placed on the stomach or under the ankles.
The temperature of the Hot Stones are regulated in a specially designed bag to ensure that they are kept at the correct temperature before being applied to the foot or leg.
For an invigorating treatment, or to soothe headaches and injuries and ease pain and sinus congestion, Cold Stones may be used to replace the Hot Stones.