Hot stones

THE ANCIENT ART OF HOT & COLD STONE HEALING THERAPY.

THE UTILIZATION OF STONES FOR HEALTH AND HEALING HAS BEEN AROUND FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS, IN MOST CULTURES. THE JAPANESE WERE KNOWN TO HAVE USED HEATED STONES TO WARM THEIR ABDOMENS TO ASSIST DIGESTION. THE CHINESE HAVE BEEN USING HEATED STONES TO RELIEVE MUSCULAR TENSION & IMPROVE THE FUNCTION OF THE INTERNAL ORGANS. NATIVE AMERICANS BELIEVED STONES HAVE SOULS & INVOKED MEMORIES OF LOST TRUTHS. HAWAIIAN KAHUNAS, (MEDICINE-MEN), WOULD HEAT SMOOTH VOLCANIC STONES IN THE COALS OF A FIRE, ROLLING THE STONES IN LEAVES & CASTOR OIL.

IN 1993, MARY NELSON DEVELOPED WHAT IS KNOWN TODAY AS LASTONE THERAPY WHICH USES A SYSTEM OF 54 HEATED STONES, 18 COLD STONES, AND A SINGLE ROOM TEMPERATURE STONE. INCLUDE A SPIRITUAL ELEMENT, WITH USE OF CHAKRA CRYSTALS TO HEAL THE 7 INNER ENERGY VORTEXES. BASALT STONES: ARE OFTEN ROUNDED & SMOOTHED, THE VOLCANIC THERMAL MINERAL STRUCTURE RETAINS HEAT LONGER THAN JADE OR RIVER STONES. OCEAN OR RIVER TUMBLED STONES: CAN OFTEN BE USED IN A NATURAL STATE, BUT ARE NOT AS HEAT-RETAINING AS BASALT. MARBLE: IS A KIND OF METAMORPHOSED LIMESTONE THAT IS WHITE OR LIGHT IN COLOUR AND FORMED BENEATH THE SEA FLOOR.

PHYSICALLY, IT IS THOUGHT THAT THE BENEFIT OF COLD MARBLE, IMPROVES THE PROCESSING OF CALCIUM IN THE BODY. WHITE OR GREEN JADE: ARE OFTEN USED MORE FOR COLD TREATMENTS & CRAFTED FOR SPECIFIC TASKS (FACIALS OR UNDER EYES). ALTHOUGH JADE CAN BE USED FOR HEAT, IT WILL NOT HOLD THE HEAT AS LONG AS BASALT. WARM STONES OR THERMOTHERAPY: OFTEN FASCIA STRUCTURE FASTER & MUCH DEEPER THAN TRADITIONAL MASSAGE THERAPIES.

HEATED STONES INCREASE BLOOD CIRCULATION, LYMPH FLOW, DIGESTIVE FLUIDS & CREATE SEDATING EFFECTS. ALLEVIATION OF ACHES & MUSCULOSKELETAL PAIN. THERE ARE A FEW CONDITIONS THAT MAY BE EXACERBATED WITH THE USE OF HOT STONES. SOMETHING TO REMEMBER IS, ANY CONDITION THAT IS NOT SAFE TO RECEIVE A COMMON MASSAGE WITH, WILL DEFINITELY BE CONTRAINDICATED WITH A HOT STONE MASSAGE! PRONE TO BLOOD CLOTS, BLOOD PRESSURE AILMENTS OR ARE ON BLOOD THINNING MEDICATIONS. DURING PREGNANCY, YOU SHOULD NOT RECEIVE HOT STONE MASSAGE. IF YOU HAVE A DEPRESSED IMMUNE SYSTEM FROM LUPUS, HIV OR AIDS. CANCER OR CHEMOTHERAPY. DIABETICS SHOULD BE CAUTIOUS & IF YOU CHOOSE TO DO SO, MAKE SURE YOUR THERAPIST USES A LOWER TEMPERATURE. IF YOU HAVE MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS OR TEMPERATURE SENSITIVITY. VARICOSE VEINS SHOULD BE AVOIDED IN THE LOCALIZED AREA OF THE VEINS.

COLD STONES OR CRYOTHERAPY: IS A POWERFUL DECONGESTANT, PUSHING BLOOD, FLUID & WASTES OUT OF CHRONICALLY TENSE OR INFLAMED TISSUE. COOLING ON A WARM DAY OR DURING HOT FLUSHES. EASING SWELLING OR INFLAMMATION. AFTER MUSCULOSKELETAL INJURY, THE TISSUE & BLOOD VESSELS THAT DELIVER OXYGEN & NUTRIENTS TO THAT AREA, ARE DAMAGED. THE CELLS AROUND THE INJURY INCREASE THEIR METABOLISM IN AN EFFORT TO CONSUME MORE OXYGEN & REPAIR THEMSELVES. WHEN THE OXYGEN IS USED UP, THE CELLS ARE AT RISK OF DYING, THE DAMAGED OR CONSTRICTED BLOOD VESSELS CANNOT REMOVE WASTE. BLOOD CELLS & FLUID, IN AN ATTEMPT TO PROTECT THOSE TISSUES, SEEP INTO THE INTERSTITIAL SPACES IN THE SURROUNDING AREA, WHICH RESULTS IN SWELLING AND BRUISING. IT LOWERS THE TEMPERATURE OF THE DAMAGED TISSUE THROUGH HEAT EXCHANGE & CONSTRICTS LOCAL BLOOD VESSELS. THIS SLOWS METABOLISM & THE CONSUMPTION OF OXYGEN, THEREFORE REDUCING THE RATE OF CELL DAMAGE & DECREASING FLUID BUILD-UP OR SWELLING.

MUSCULAR INJURIES:  SUCH AS TENDINITIS, MAY BENEFIT.

ANXIETY:   SMOOTH CHILLED MARBLE STONES ARE OFTEN USED FOR THIS TREATMENT & WHEN PLACED ON THE BODY, THE MIND FOCUS IS ON THE BODY, RATHER THAN THE MENTAL STRESS ISSUES OF LIFE.

MENSTRUAL PAIN & BLOATING:  MAY BE CALMED WITH A COLD STONE THERAPY. COLD STONES PLACED IN THE ABDOMINAL AREA WILL HELP DRAW SWELLING AWAY FROM THE UTERUS & THUS MAY HELP LESSEN MENSTRUAL DISCOMFORT.

SINUS PROBLEMS:  MAY BE SOOTHED, THE STONES ARE PLACED ON TOP OF A CLOTH PLACED OVER THE FACE TO PROTECT THE SKIN. THE COLD TEMPERATURE OF THE STONES CAN WORK TO ALLEVIATE NASAL SWELLING AND REDUCE SINUS CONGESTION.

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE:  STONES ARE PLACED AT STRATEGIC LOCATIONS ON THE BODY, INCREASING THE OVERALL CIRCULATION OF THE BODY, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE CAN BE DECREASED. FATIGUE: ENERGY LEVELS MAY BE REVITALIZED, INCREASING CIRCULATION EASING

HYPER-TENSE MUSCLES. COLD STONE MASSAGE: CAN HELP TO ACT AS A POWERFUL DECONGESTANT WHEN IT COMES TO DIFFUSING SWELLING IN THE CIRCULATORY SYSTEM. CLIENTS WHO HAVE SWELLING DUE TO SPORTS INJURIES, WILL BENEFIT FROM COLD STONE MASSAGE. OTHER CLIENTS WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM THIS INCLUDE THOSE WHO WANT A REJUVENATING THERAPY, CAUSING THE BLOOD VESSELS TO ALTERNATE BETWEEN DILATION & CONSTRICTION. STIMULATING THE AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM, INCREASING METABOLISM & INVIGORATING THE BODY. DISPERSING CONGESTION, ALLEVIATE SWELLING & HALTER MUSCLE SPASMS.

HOT & COLD STONE ALTERNATING: STRENGTHS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM. TOO MUCH HEAT CAN BE DRAINING & DEPLETING, PRODUCING LAXITY IN TISSUES, WHICH CAN INCREASE INFLAMMATION. DRAMATICALLY MOVING FLUIDS WITHIN THE CIRCULATORY SYSTEM, ALTERNATE CONSTRICTION & DILATION OF THE BLOOD VESSELS. THIS CAN BE EXTREMELY EFFECTIVE WITH SPORTS OR OVER-USE INJURIES. 

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