Back in December I wrote my first post on hot stones after receiving a session using them in conjunction with Foot Reflexology.
Up to that point, I was totally uninterested in this modality and honestly thought it was silly, pointless and like….so “New Age”.
Until…… I actually experienced it!
A Little Histonery
The art of hot stone work has been in existence for thousands of years. Stones were used for healing work in Native America, South America, Africa, Europe, Egypt and India. These traditions included laying stones in patterns on the body, carrying or wearing stones for health and protection, using stones in the treatment of disease and ceremonial uses, such as in sweat lodges and medicine wheels. Native American folk healers used heated stones to diminish the discomforts of menstruation, pregnancy and childbirth. Ancient Greek and Roman cultures have a long recorded history of many forms of massage and bodywork. The Romans used stones in saunas and combined the effects of hot immersion baths with the cooling effects of marble stones and cold baths.
Basalt stones make the ideal tool for this modality. These stones are formed from hot molten lava cooled. Their color range from dark gray to black. 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. Because they are taken from the earth, they have energetic grounding properties – which give added benefit to bodywork.
Heating the Stones
Basalt stones are heated in a water spa heating unit which reaches a temperature range of 110-120 degrees. Sounds extreme, doesn’t it? However as the stones are rhythmically moved, with a specific pressure applied, the effects are reduced to a wonderfully comfortable warmth….. it feels amazing!
*Cold stones (marble) can also be used with certain therapeutic treatments (I’ll save that for another post).
When using hot stones in conjunction with traditional foot reflexology – benefits include: a deeper relaxation response, increases circulation, clears toxins, reduces foot tension, and greatly assists in opening and stimulating the energy channels of the reflex points.
There are certain precautions that should to be observed before scheduling an appointment:
*Chronic high blood pressure/heart conditions
*Skin conditions on feet (eg: fungus, rash)
*Cuts, fractures or bruises
*Be sure to discuss these things with your practitioner, so that you have a happy and healthy experience.
I’ve got to tell you folks…….. after my first session with hot stones……I was hooked!
I proceeded to find education in this modality, got my certification, and it has now become my favorite service to offer my clients.
Who would have thought that something I believed was so silly…..would end up being something that I truly enjoy to give and receive?????
I guess I’m just a silly man!
So find someone in your area that offers this modality….. and get STONED!