The use of Hot Stones is an ancient healing art used by Native Americans to treat aching muscles. Its modern form first appeared in the early 1990s when Mary Hannigan developed her own style which became a popular natural treatment, especially in the spa industry.
Hot Stone massage is a type of thermotherapy which utilises deep penetrating heat from smooth, heated stones on parts of the body to melt away tension, ease muscle stiffness, increase circulation and metabolism and improve energy flow.
The heat of the stones is deeply relaxing as it calms the nervous system, improves the circulation and relaxes tight muscles so the therapist can work more deeply without causing pain. In addition, with the circulation stimulation, it also releases accumulated toxins that have become trapped in body tissues, promoting the body to detox.
The application of Hot Stone Massage involves holding the stone in the hand and gliding or applying pressure on a trigger point or acupuncture point to release tight and tense muscles. This is used in combination with manual massage techniques and does not replace the hands.
The stones are placed on specific points along the body with concentrated neurovascular activity; joint, nerve plexus, acupuncture points, meridians, spine, palms of the hands, or between the toes to improve the flow of the energy and rebalance the body and mind.
Hot Stone Massage is an enjoyable relaxing experience that is completely safe for most, however there are a few groups for whom it is not recommended:
– Pregnant women – Hot Stone Massage techniques can induce labor or cause the baby to turn.
– People with high blood pressure or diabetes.
– Areas affected by skin conditions or varicose veins- heat from the stones may aggravate the problem.
On the flip side, Hot Stone Massage is very beneficial for individuals suffering from:
– Depression and many other chronic conditions
In addition to the benefits above, Hot Stones is an excellent tool for sports-persons as it helps to relieve strained and overused muscles and increase flexibility in joints which facilitate movement and mobility.
Hot Stone Massage can be a very effective and pleasant addition to your healing journey, helping you to achieve body and mind wellness.
Giselle is available for Hot Stone Massage at Chevron Island Physio. Call 5504 7000 to find out more or book a spot!
Giselle Mocelin, Remedial Massage Therapist.