Updated: Apr 27, 2018
Interested in experiencing Hot Stone massage? Find out whether it's for you...
Hot Stone Massage is a massage technique that uses heated stones to relax and massage sore muscles. The stones can be used for their heat alone, or as massage tools used in combination with essential oils used in aromatherapy or I can add my Aura Soma Chakra bottles into the massage.
Hot Stone Massage techniques have been used in many cultures. The ancient Indians incorporated the techniques into Ayurvedic medicine which dates back some 5,000 years ago and is still practiced today.
The stones are sanitized and heated in a bath of water and set at around 50 degrees Celsius. The stones themselves are basalt, a black volcanic rock that absorbs and retains heat well, and have been smoothed by natural forces in the river or sea. Massage oil is applied to the body in long soothing Swedish styles strokes, before using the stones on the skin this is to avoid the stones being stuck on the skin because of lack for friction .The stones are then placed along various points on the body to open up energy channels and promote circulation. As the stone cools, I replace it with another. I use stones of various shapes and sizes -- big ones on the big muscles, smaller ones on smaller muscles.
I leave heated stones in specific points along your spine, in the palms of your hand, on your belly, and between your toes to improve the flow of energy in your body.
The heat generated from the hot stones warms up the muscles allowing greater blood flow and helping to alleviate toxic build up. Hot stones have been found to helpful with neck pain, shoulder and back pain, insomnia, PMS. Heat has been found to have an analgesic effect on the body. Think of a nice hot water bottle or wheat bag on your tummy or on your sore neck and shoulders.
Hot Stone Massage techniques have been used in many cultures. The ancient Indians incorporated the techniques into Ayurvedic medicine which dates back some 5,000 years ago and is still practiced today. Asian cultures used hot stones in Anma massage, dating back 4000 years, to strengthen energy flow within the organs. Native Americans also used ritual Hot Stone Massage in sweat lodges to help purify both the body and the mind. Hawaiian islanders developed Lomi Lomi massage using lava rocks, which was practiced by Kahuna medicine men.
Is Hot Stone Massage Safe?
Yes and it can be very relaxing and particularly helpful when targeting those really sore and tender spots behind your shoulder blade , or lower back for example.
Hot Stone Massage is best avoided for people with high blood pressure or diabetes and I don’t massage over affected skin areas or varicose veins as this could exacerbate the situation. If you are on pain medication it’s not ideal as the medication obviously blocks the pain receptors making you less aware of when the stones maybe too hot for your skin and burnt skin is not relaxing. I prefer not to massage Pregnant women with Hot Stones. I think normal pregnancy massage is just as effective I may use one or two stones from time to time of specific points.