“TO TOUCH IS TO GIVE LIFE” by Michelangelo
Hot polished stones have a definitive role in therapeutic massage as a healing modality. History notes hot stones were used starting in 1500 BC by European and Native American cultures. Stress literally melts as the warm soothing experience opens you to that place of calm physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. There is a letting go that we as human beings need to replenish our innate life force on a cellular level. Stones are heated in water, heat retention varies due to composition and size. Comfort level is different for every client. Health history will clarify whether this or any other modality is appropriate.
The use of hot stones is very advantageous after a hard physical work-out, recovery after viral issues whether respiratory, digestive or general malaise.
Hippocrates boasted “Give me the power to create a fever and I will cure disease”. Hot stones do not create a fever yet do warm the body facilitating a very deep relaxation, release of muscle tension, strain on ligament and tendon attachments, increase blood flow and metabolism plus stimulate the immune system. The deeper penetration of therapeutic grade essential oils in combination with the hot stones brings greater benefit, countering the toxins and by-products that may lay latent on a cellular level impacting over-all quality of life. With the skin being our largest excretory system hot stone sessions help to open the pores which further homeostasis (that innate balance). Hot stones can be an extension of the therapist’s hands or be placed on the body at various points for the appropriate time period. Hot stones may be an option for those not accustomed to touch in general.
A variety of studies note benefit for fibromyalgia, arthritis, or chronic pain conditions. Harvard Mind Body Medical Institute notes relaxation techniques such as massage have a measurable positive effect on chronic pain management. Dr. Dacher Keltner, social psychologist at Berkley notes the vagas nerve is activated by a warm touch(not just hot stones) decreasing cardio vascular stress and compelling the emotion of compassion in us for ourselves and others. Dr. Tiffany Fields with 80 plus studies shows touch has the potential to transform the practice of medicine and have it also be cost effective.