Hot Stone Massage is a natural therapy. The practice of stone massage was present in many cultures around the world. There are historical accounts confirming that the Chinese used heated stones more than 2,000 years ago to help improve the function of internal organs. Stones were used to heal ailments in America, Africa, Europe, Egypt and India. The smooth basalt stones from larvae rocks were placed at specific points on the body, also the wearing of stones as ornaments, which ensured health and protection. Spanish folk healers used heated stones to relieve period pain and cold stones to slow bleeding after childbirth. Stone massage was present in Ancient Greece and Rome, and arrived in the modern West in 1993 when heated stone techniques became popular. Since then it has been used around the globe once more. The hot stone massage is frequently combined with other modern massage techniques such as Swedish and deep tissue massage. A luxurious warm oil is applied on to the skin, the warm stones are massaged gently over the skin as the therapeutic heat slowly radiates into the body, easing the muscles and inducing a calm state of relaxation. The stones also enable a deep tissue massage to be more effective, as muscles are softened. "The hot stones provide a very healing and effective experience. They expand blood vessels, which encourages blood flow throughout the body. They have a sedative effect that can relieve chronic pain, reduce stress and promote deep relaxation". Provides relief from pain associated with fibromyalgia, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other chronic conditions. Benefits Decreases pain and muscle spasms Reduces chronic stress and tension Increases flexibility in joints, aiding in easier mobility and movement. Relieves pain and tension created by strained and contracted muscles.
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