You can’t buy happiness, but you can get a massage, which is pretty much the same thing! The hot stone massage is a very popular massage technique that triggers a warm feeling all over your body.
The History of Hot Stone Massage
The hot stone massage has its origins in several cultures: not only the Chinese but shamans around the world were already using several thousand years ago hot stones for their therapies and treatments. Stones, warmed by fire, have been used by native Americans to give relief to aching muscles.
In the present-day massage therapy practice, hot stone massage is a speciality massage where smooth heat from the stones leads to deep relaxation and to warming up of the tight muscles enabling the therapist to work more deeply and quickly.
This Is How It Works
It’s called “hot stone” not just because it sounds special, but because the stones are actually hot and not a bit warm: The basalt stones are heated using heating appliances in a water bath to 50° – 60° C. Why basalt? It is an excellent heat storage and it has specific weight that suits perfectly for massage services. The smooth-shiny, oval stones come in many sizes for all parts of the body to use.
During the massage, the stones are placed on certain energy points along meridians and stressed areas of the body so that heat releases and allows to develop. High-quality oils complete the treatment to a sensual experience. Setting the puncturing stones processed certain points and tense body parts targeted.
The intense heat from the stones penetrates through the skin into deeper tissue layers to the muscles. This increases the elasticity of tendons and connective tissue and joint mobility. Through the heat treatment, the blood vessels widen. This improves blood circulation and the cells are better supplied with oxygen and other nutrients. The tissue metabolism and lymph flow are stimulated and toxins can be eliminated more easily. Muscle tension and knots can break off. At the same time, the heat treatment has a calming effect on the nervous system. There is a deep relaxation and relieve of the stress-related symptoms such as headaches, insomnia etc.
In addition, the skin is smooth and the rough surface of the stones creates a peeling effect. The massage is particularly suitable for joint problems, back pain and all the problems with the muscles. Also, people who suffer from cold hands and feet, benefit from a hot stone massage.