What is stone massage therapy?
Stone massage therapy is a type of massage that promotes a feeling of deep relaxation and wellbeing using both hot and cold stones along with various massage techniques. The hot stones used are usually volcanic rocks like basalt while the cold stones are sedimentary stones like marble. The stones are heated or chilled in various temperatures and may come in all shapes and sizes. Then, the stones are placed on the client to suit their needs, and when combined with massage, several benefits can be received that are not possible through normal massage.
What happens during a stone massage therapy session?
Stone massage therapy uses stones to provide both heat and cold temperatures and the combination of alternating temperatures are deemed to be very beneficial. The heated stones are placed on acupressure points and the heat helps relax the muscles which allows for a much deeper massage. Also, they can also be placed on the body’s energy points called chakras to help create both physical and mental balance on the body’s natural energy.
Cold stones, however, are used to restore the body to a state of harmony by reducing and/ or treating inflammation, by removing blood from swollen areas, and by rebalancing the male and female energies in the body. In addition, they are used for detoxification. Using heated and cold stones altogether can help improve the functioning of the circulatory system and aid its body improve with its self-healing processes.
During a session for a stone therapy massage, it should be noted that it’s not unusual that the body temperature, heart rate, and breathing rates are rising and falling. This is not harmful and is simply the result of the rapid exchange of oxygen and blood in the body.
Additionally, aromatherapy and other relaxing tools can be used to further the goal in bringing out deep relaxation, removing negativity, and making the client feel an overall sense of well-being.
Benefits of stone therapy massage
The following are some advantages of getting stone therapy massage:
- improves the lymphatic and immune systems
- normalises bodily functions
- helps the body to heal itself
- increases of cellular activity
- improves blood flow
- treats inflammation and muscle injury
- reduces stress and anxiety
- removes stress and induces a feeling of well-being
- balances the male and female energies
- promotes better sleep