A treatment that goes beyond the physical experience of a massage and enters a deeper dimension of relaxation, health and wellbeing. The warm basalt stones are used to massage with and sometimes placed on vital energy points, which helps to vitalise the physical body and balances the energy flow.
A deeper massage is achieved with the stones as each stroke is equivalent to at least five with the hands.
Stone therapy dates back thousands of years and is the technique for manipulating soft tissue and muscle through pressure. There are references as far back as biblical times (c. 400BC) of using hot stones to massage the body with olive oil. The stones that we use in this massage therapy originate from the north Himalaya, and are made of basalt, a type of rock that is rich in iron, so they retain heat. River rocks are normally used because they are smooth - they are smoothed over time by the river current.
In the "Ayurvedic tradition", the stones give a double therapeutic benefit as the as the natural volcanic stones are rich in minerals, they allow a deep thermal exchange to take place place in the body, being made similar to our skin, little tiny pores allow the heat to penetrate more deeply the soft tissue, releasing warmth into tired, aching muscles, reviving them where needed most!
Usually starting face down the therapist works on the back. First, the therapist warms up the body with traditional Swedish massage, then massages while holding a heated stone. As the stone cools, the therapist replaces it with another. The therapist uses many stones of various shapes and sizes -- big ones on the big muscles, smaller ones on smaller muscles.
The therapist might also leave heated stones in specific points along the spine, in the palms of the hand, on the abdomen, or even between the toes to improve the flow of energy in your body to rebalance the body and mind.
Whilst these placement stones are warming and activating specific areas, the therapist will take several other heated stones and begin massaging a different area of the body. It is said that one stroke with a heated stone is equivalent to ten normal massage strokes!