Hot Stone Reflexology
Warm stones have been used as a therapeutic tool for massage for centuries with evidence dating back to ancient Egypt, China, Japan, South America and Australia.
The effects and potential benefits of hot stones include:
- Heat from the stones penetrates to a deeper level and may reach up to 7-8cm into tissues. This brings about physiological changes as well as improving energy flow(Chi).
- improvement of blood circulation and lymphatic drainage
- Increase elimination of waste products
- boosts immunity and the lymphatic function
- Promotes the release of tension in connective tissue
- reduces muscular tension which will help muscles to relax and repair more efficiently
- Promotes relaxation
- Helps to bring about a balance of body as well as mind.
Hot stones can be incorporated into a reflexology treatment to further enhance the benefits of the treatment. It is estimated that one stroke of a hot stone is worth five strokes with the hand. It is also believed to yield five times deeper and five times longer lasting effects compared to a "normal" reflexology session. The heat helps to relax the muscles in the feet allowing the therapist to work deeper into the reflex areas.
The stones are composed of basalt, a volcanic rock, which due to its high density retains heat well. Stones are firstly used to massage the lower legs (below the knees) relieving any tension in the calf muscles and helping to enhance energy flow. Smaller stones are then used to work the reflex areas and points of the feet. The heat from the stones quickly opens the reflex pathways bringing about a much deeper level of relaxation than reflexology alone.
NOTE: Please don't wear tight trousers as the therapist will be working up to the knee!