HOT STONE MASSAGE
What is a hot stone massage?
A hot stone massage is a therapeutic and relaxing massage technique that uses smooth, heated basalt stones to promote deep muscle relaxation and improve overall wellness. The stones are heated to a safe and comfortable temperature and are then used to massage the body, providing a range of benefits including muscle relaxation, improved blood circulation, and stress reduction.
Basalt, a type of volcanic rock, is the most popular type of stone used in hot stone massages due to its exceptional holding properties for heat and its smooth, non-porous surface. The high iron content of basalt also supports the treatment of blood vessel diseases.
During the massage, the therapist uses the warm stones as an extension of their hands, applying gentle pressure and gliding the stones along the body to provide a soothing and relaxing experience. The heat from the stones penetrates deep into the muscles, helping to release tension and improve flexibility. The use of the warm stones also helps to increase the flow of blood and oxygen throughout the body, promoting a sense of balance and well-being.
In addition to its physical benefits, hot stone massage has also been known to have a positive effect on the emotional and mental state of individuals. The warmth of the stones, combined with the therapeutic touch of the massage, can create a sense of calm and relaxation, helping to ease stress and improve mood.
Pre-massage stones are:
1. Carefully washed.
2. Placed in a special stone heater and heated up for approx. 30-45 minutes.
3. Stones should have a temperature of around 47-50°C.
Stones after massage are:
1. Washed and disinfected.
2. Soaked in salt water at the end of the day for 20 minutes.
3. Dried and greased with natural oil.
4. After cleaning, stored in a special wooden container intended for this purpose.
The benefits of hot stone therapy for your body and spirit
1. Improves circulation.
2. Dilates blood vessels, resulting in better blood circulation.
3. Increases the pulse, speeds up the work of the heart.
4. Increases cellular metabolism to a level where the body processes nutrients and toxins.
5. Increases lymphatic function, accelerates detoxification, cleansing and excretion.
6. It causes deep muscle relaxation, helping to get rid of stress and tension.
7. Provides a sense of deeper relaxation.