Hot stone massage has ancient roots and stones have been used for divination, warmth, healing and protection since the beginning of time. The Chinese have been using hot stones to relieve muscular pain for some 4,000 years and in Japan stones are used to warm their abdomens to aid digestion. It was also used as an ancient healing tradition in India when river stones were warmed in hot coals or hot water. By placing the hot stones on cloth on the body and arranging them along the energy centres of the body, a healing process was said to occur.
Hot stone massage is a speciality massage that uses smooth, heated basalt stones. This massage involves the application of water-heated basalt stones of varying sizes to key points on the body, giving a deep massage and creating sensations of comfort and warmth. This direct heat relaxes muscles, allowing manipulation of a greater intensity than with regular massage and as the stones cool the therapist will replace them with hot stones again. The basalt stones used are a form of black volcanic rock that absorbs and retains heat well which enables a deeply soothing, relaxing form of massage. These rocks have lain in river beds where the passage of time renders them smooth and suitable for massage.
This therapy is very relaxing yet works surprisingly deeply on the body and also helps to balance the energy systems. The energy stored in the stones is released during this wonderful treatment to provide you with a deeper sense of relaxation.
Hot Stone Massage can benefit the following symptoms:
Muscular aches, pains, sprains, and strains
Rheumatic and arthritic conditions
Stress, anxiety and tension
Hot Stone Massage treatments last 1 hour 15 minutes and cost £45.