Hot stone treatment is a type of massage that uses smooth, heated basalt stones. The stones are positioned along the spine, along the legs, in the palms of the hand and between the toes.
Basics of Hot Stone Treatment
Hot stone treatment hallmark is the use of smooth, heated stones. Typically, basalt river rocks are used because of their smoothness (from the river’s current), plus they retain heat well.
How Hot Stone Treatment Work
A massage therapist will warm these stones in water until they’re within the correct temperature range (120-130 degrees Fahrenheit). To prepare the muscles, a hot stone treatment may start with a Swedish massage technique. The massage therapist will then take warm stones and place them on the body, specifically on key acupressure points. The stones will warm and relax the muscles and allow the therapist to apply deeper pressure during massage.
Using a combination of strokes plus techniques along with massage oil, the massage therapist will massage the legs, arms, back and neck, with and without the basalt stones. When receiving the treatment, allow plenty of time; arrive ten minutes early in order to have time to relax. Prior to the hot stone treatment, avoid drinking alcohol or eating a heavy meal.
The Origin of This Treatment
The origin of hot stone treatment can be traced back to more than 2,000 years ago. During this period, the Chinese were using heated stones as a means to improve internal organs function. Similarly, there are records showing stones being used in religious and folklore ceremonies, with the intention of healing ailments in areas as diverse as India, Egypt, Europe, Africa and the Americas. Here is a site with a brief history of hot stone treatment: https://burkewilliamsspa.com/2013/12/17/a-brief-history-of-hot-stone-massage/
Benefits of Hot Stone Treatment
People describe hot stone treatment as deeply relaxing and comforting. The warmth is also soothing for those who are feeling chilly. There are many benefits that hot stone treatment offers: it can boost immunity, help to reduce cancer symptoms, helps to relieve symptoms of autoimmune diseases, promotes sleep, helps to relieve muscle tension and pain and reduces stress and anxiety.
Anyone who is experiencing stress, insomnia or muscle tension and pain may benefit from this treatment. If you are looking for a spa in London that offers hot stone treatment, K-West Hotel & Spa is the ideal place.