Among all types of massage, one of the most interesting procedures in stone therapy. It is performed with hot stones. The use of this material promotes muscle relaxation. Let us learn more about how about this complete massage procedure.
Stone therapy history
The Indians of Central America knew that if used correctly, hot stones are capable of turning on the mechanism of healing the body. This technique has been employed since ancient times to treat various ailments in the East; in China, Japan, Tibet.
Currently, two methods of stone therapy are known; American and Eastern. The first one focuses on the number and size of stones, the second – on their energy component. Therefore, oriental massage mainly uses semi-precious stones (for example, green jadeite).
Our spas mainly use the modeling hot stone massage technique. But it also has a healing focus; it relieves sleep disorders, helps to get out of depression, relieves back and neck pain, and stabilizes metabolism. During the stone procedure, blood microcirculation increases in the muscles; the movement of lymph is activated, which turns on the body’s self-purification mechanism.
How is the stone therapy procedure carried out?
To carry out such a massage, you will need several medium-sized smooth stones (5-8 pieces), massage oil, a towel, a small pillow, and an oven for heating the stones. If you wish, you can include the aromatic component of the healing process; use special oils during the procedure. Stone therapy can be combined with body wraps.
The effect of hot stone is quite noticeable. Therefore, it is recommended for people with a low pain threshold to use thin towels or a sheet during the session. If the hot stone is applied not directly to the skin but acting on it through the tissue, this will noticeably reduce the painful sensations.
Whom is stone therapy indicated and contraindicated?
Stone therapy is referred to as auxiliary procedures. It only relaxes and relieves stress, promotes the launch of healing mechanisms. This procedure does not have any harmful effect on the body. But only if he is healthy (or relatively healthy).
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It is advised for those with chronic medical conditions to avoid hot stone massage, as this can cause a relapse. Stone therapy is excluded for pregnant women, with insensitivity to high temperatures, with vein thrombosis for those who have diabetes.
Experts believe that hot stone massage enhances metabolism and activates the endocrine and immune systems. Therefore, those who doubt their stamina or health should consult a doctor and determine if a pronounced thermal effect on tissues will cause an imbalance in the body.
Adapted and translated by The Cop Cart Staff
Sources: Today Lifestyle