What is Hot Stone Therapy?
07 Feb, 2018
Using stones and gemstones for healing purposes dates back thousands of years, and in fact, history records and confirms that the Chinese used heated stones going back more than 2,000 years ago. They were also used for healing in North America, South America, Europe, Egypt and India in a variety of ways, such as improving the function of internal organs.
There are many traditions and ways that stones have been used for healing, such as setting them in patterns on the body, or simply carrying certain kinds of stones for health and protection, to using them for diagnoses and treatments of illnesses and ceremonial uses such as in sweat lodges and medicine wheels. Hot stones warmed by fire were used by Native Americans to treat aching muscles.
Massage has evolved to include these old practices in such ways as deep tissue work, hot stone facials, pedicures, manicures and meridian therapy. Because of the incredible, earthy energy they are used in reiki, polarity therapy, cranial sacral work and more.
Today, therapists use smooth, heated stones to actually massage, or to set them on certain parts of the body while they work on different areas. The warmth that emanates from the stones is incredibly relaxing, and helps to loosen tight and stressed muscles so that the therapist can work more deeply, and more quickly.
Typically, the stones are a type of black volcanic rock called basalt that are heated in 120 to 150 degree water. They retain the heat very well and usually have been smoothed by their time in rivers or the ocean. The therapist usually begins with a Swedish Massage, and then places the stones on you. As it cools, they are replaced so that there is a constant warmth on the muscles that need it. They might set the stones on specific points on the spine, or resting in the palms, on the stomach, or even between the toes to promote the flow of energy in the body.
Any medical or skin conditions should be communicated with the therapist before having the massage.
Our Chocolate on the Rocks promotion this month at Evensong Spa is the perfect way to experience a hot-stone massage. Enjoy it solo or bring your partner for a side by side massage in our couple’s suite. Just call 920.294.3347 to book your appointment today.
In Health and Happiness
Evensong Spa Director
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