Methods and evolution of hot stone massage

In the traditional method, still practiced, 54 hot stones and 18 cold stones have been identified that have different functions. All tend to rebalance muscle imbalances but which also act to restore balance to the  chakra massage therapist in Bedford, MA.

The evolution of the interpretation of the  Hot Stone massage  has led to new methods, including the luxury massage that is performed with lava or river stones. The purposes are different from each other.

In  Hot Stone massage , the masseur needs to master the subject, for this reason he must also have some experience. The reason is obvious. The size of the stones and the type of stone are different depending on the disturbance and personal sensitivity. There are many variations so you get to master the technique after some time. The harmony between the masseur and the patient is also at the basis of the success of the massage, since the areas to be relaxed must first be identified and then hit.

In addition to the properties of hot stones that dilate the vessels, there are also stones applied after being cooled. Usually quartz or ceramic is used. The effect is exactly the opposite of hot stones, i.e. a capillary shrinkage is produced. In fact, cold stones stimulate circulation causing a narrowing of blood vessels, thus improving the disposal of toxins and oxygenation of the cells, for this reason the massage with cold stones is particularly suitable for athletes. In case of injuries or inflammation, the alternating technique of hot and cold stones is suggested. The stimulation of the vasodilatory function and subsequent vasoconstriction has a sedative effect on the nervous system.

As mentioned, each stone has its own peculiarities and is exploited by adding or removing heat. The basalt stones smoothed and made pleasant in contact with the skin, are heated in water to 65-70 degrees. The area is prepared and anticipated by a Swedish massage that is carried out through the use of oil, then the stones are placed on the critical points that have been previously identified with the help of the patient. It is not always said that every patient feels a warm or cold or too heavy stone in a pleasant way. Hence the experience of the masseur who must always ascertain the patient’s authentic state of relaxation.