Have You Ever Gotten Stoned?

I first heard about hot stone therapy back in the 90’s. I read several articles about this modality way before I ever got involved with bodywork. To be honest with you, I thought it was ridiculous. I mean when I received a massage, I wanted to feel the touch of a practitioners’ hands….not some silly rocks! So I never really gave it another thought.However this past year, I met a massage practitioner here in the city. I had called her to see if she was interested in using my services in her massage practice. When you are seeking employment as a body worker, it’s protocol to show your ability by giving a sample session of your work. So we set up a time to do a “swap.” I gave her a session of traditional foot reflexology and then a week later I went back to receive a Hot Stone Reflexology session with her. I had heard about using stones for body massage, but never reflexology. Let me give you a quick foot note on hot stones.

* Hot stone work involves the use of Basalt stones. These stones are formed from hot molten lava cooled. They have a high percentage of iron/magnesium content which makes them extremely dense and gives them an awesome ability to retain heat for long periods of time. They also have energetic properties which give added benefit to bodywork. I did tremendous research before I purchased mine. Apparently…..all basalt stones are not created equal! (please see helpful links)

Hot Stone Reflexology uses the same principles of reflexology, however hot stones are used instead of the practitioners fingers. Oil is also used (applied to the calves and feet) which is not the case with traditional reflexology.

Anyway, about 5 minutes into the session I realized that the heat from the stones was causing me to become incredibly relaxed ( like I was melting). What was even more incredible, was the fact that I could feel the heat from the stones on the correlating part of my body that she was working on. For example: when she ran the stone along the spinal reflex, I felt energy and heat along my spine! I was fighting not to fall asleep because a part of me wanted to be conscious so I could observe what she was doing. It was as if the stones had become an extension of her hands. I honestly couldn’t feel the difference between the two.

After the session was over, I immediately asked her where she got her training and how I could sign up. I was flabbergasted! Me….like this? Needless to say, you know the rest of the story.

This just goes to show you…..never say never!

And if you can find someone in your area that practices this modality, please check it out.

You’ll love getting Stoned!

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