Since its formalization as a treatment, Hot Stone Massage popularity has become widespread…and is a house specialty here at Inner Balance Massage. Come experience the magic of the stones. Assorted sizes of smooth “Basalt” stones are heated to a luxurious warmth. Alternating with hands-on massage, the stones are cupped in the palms of the hands, and used to massage the body, while some of the stones are strategically placed on energy balancing points. The results… are heavenly. The luxurious heat feels amazing. It penetrates deeply, dissolving away tension, prompting profound relaxation and a balancing of the body’s systems. This treatment has been called “the chocolate”of massage, but you decide.
The stones are heated to approximately 130°f or 34°c. prior to the beginning of the session, varying in size and shape to fit with the contours of the body. Centering the stones on the “Chakra” points of the body is only part of the session. The majority of stones are actually used in pairs to massage along the muscle groups. Some smaller stones rest on the face, while others are even placed between the toes. It’s all about you! Indulge!
Benefits of Hot Stone Massage
A heated stone massage is believed to have numerous healing properties and can be even more beneficial than a traditional massage.
- Energetic healing occurs naturally as the stones electromagnetic energy assists to balance, clear, and open the client’s energy channels.
- Pain and muscle spasms are banished and a feeling of peacefulness and inner connection takes hold. The combined effect prompts a state of enhanced relaxation that washes away stress and sets the stage for the body’s self healing process.
- Hot stone massage is detoxifying, by combining massage with hot stone and cold stones, the circulatory system is both stimulated and relaxed. This stimulation promotes the release of toxins from the muscles, assisting the body in self-healing.
- The stones can also help with inflammation, back pain, poor circulation, arthritis pain, stress, insomnia, calms the nervous system, and even mental disorders such as depression and anxiety.
Origins of Hot Stone Massage
Rooted in ancient native civilizations for centuries, a heated stone massage is a technique that is renowned for its healing and relaxing properties, while providing individuals with a unique way to indulge.
The use of applied heat to alter the temperature of the body for healing is a technique of long-standing benefit.
The roots of this healing therapy are found in many ancient cultures including the native Americans.
In 1993, Mary Nelson-Hannigan of Tucson, Arizona formalized the use of heated stones to massage the body and open energy channels, facilitating self-healing and body-mind awareness. She named this modality “La Stone” therapy.