Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of a hot stone massage knows the intense feeling of relaxation it provides the recipient. But do you know that there are long term, lasting benefits of hot stone massage?
A hot stone massage combines thermotherapy with massage techniques to provide an effective healing therapy. The use of natural stones in conjunction with massage uses powerful earth energies to help the patient heal.
Heat from stones also has the benefit of geomagnetism from a Earth source; which has a balancing and healing effect on our systems.
For those who haven’t had the pleasure of having a hot stone massage; it consists of both warm and hot stones placed in a formation on directly on the body as well as being used as a massage tool. The localized placement of heat on a particular area increases circulation of fluids, and can assist in alleviating organ congestion and may even dissolve masses.
When placed along meridian points, they can assist in removing energy blockages that lead to the development of disease, illness and cancers.
The stones are heated and kept warm in a crock pot or heating dish before being applied to the recipient. In some cases cold stones are used to stroke the body after the application and massage with the hot stones in order to reduce swelling and pain or to stimulate lymphatic drainage.
The contrast of hot and cold temperatures forces the muscles to dilate and contract. This creates a pumping action for moving fresh fluids through muscle tissue and spaces in the joints. Combining this with deep tissue movements or other forms of massage creates a powerful detoxifying and invigorating treatment.
The benefits of hot stone massage include both medicinal and subtle energy benefits. They can be placed to treat organs or muscular tissue or placed for chakra balancing.
Some of the medicinal benefits of hot stone massage include:
- Lymphatic drainage and cleansing
- Decongestion of the liver by relaxing ducts
- Relaxes colon for better elimination
- Detoxifies blood with sweating much the same as a sauna
- Helps with hydrating and flushing cells
- Improves circulation
- Relaxes muscles, soothes aches
- Increases range of motion in joint movement
- Relieves stress
There are many books available with comprehensive information about the benefits of hot stone massage and details on how and where to apply them. Next time you consider getting a massage, consider treating yourself to a Hot Stone experience.
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