Hot Stone Therapy with Hand & Stone
The practice of stone massage has been present in many cultures around the world for centuries. Historical accounts confirm that traditional Chinese healers used heated stones more than 2,000 years ago as a means of improving the function of internal organs. Similarly, there are records of stone therapy used in folklore and religious ceremonies in Africa, Europe, Egypt, India and North and South America. Spanish folk healers called curanderas used heated stones to relieve menstrual pain and cold stones to slow bleeding after childbirth.
The popularity of stone massage therapy became more widely known in the early ’90s when heated stone techniques started to hit local wellness centers across the United States. The full-body hot-stone massage is frequently combined with other modern massage techniques like the standard Swedish massage and the deep tissue massage as well. With the surge in stone therapy increasing, sourcing the stones has also become an art form in and of itself, with many companies mining thermodynamic basalt stones and Himalayan salt stones for use in wellness centers around the globe.
Hand & Stone Massage Spa recommends hot stone therapy in particular for individuals who may be suffering from fibromyalgia, arthritis or other chronic pain. The penetrating effects of the heated stones allow the massage to be delivered without excessive pressure by the therapist.