Hot stone therapy, technically termed geothermotherapy, has been used for centuries as a form of massage or healing therapy. It’s history can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians as well as the native Americans who used stones in their ‘rights of passage’ as well as using heated stones in their sweat lodges which were used to purify one’s spirit. The Hawaiian people used lava stones wrapped in leaves for healing and meditation and the female healers of the Mapuche tribes used black river stones for spiritual healing, divination and pain relief. Throughout history the effects of using heated stones on the body has been researched but it was Mary Nelson of Tuscon Arizona who first introduced the use of hot and cold stones in her massage work. She also incorporated Zen philosophies and cultural traditions of east Polynesia and she called this form of massage LaStone therapy.
Hot stone massage follows the principles of Swedish massage but with the addition of stones that have been warmed. It is a holistic approach which means the whole body, mind and spirit is taken into account not just the symptom. It is a very comforting, relaxing and natural treatment and it is safe for most individuals (there are some contra indications and these will be discussed at time of booking) The stones used are basalt stones and this type of stone is used primarily as they retain their heat. The stones are placed on and around the body for example they are placed on the back, the back of the neck and behind the knees. Whilst the heat from the stones is transferred to the body other hot stones are used to massage the body.
The benefits of hot stone massage include
Improves circulation and increases blood supply to the muscles.
Toxins and waste are eliminated more quickly
Tension in connective tissue is released
The heat from the stones can penetrate 3-4cm into the muscle and can relieve pain
It is said that one massage stroke given by the therapist with a hot stone is worth ten normal massage strokes and the effects last longer than a conventional holistic massage. Hot stone massage is a wonderful relaxing treatment and is a great way to help you to relax and unwind.
Louisa Brown Holistic Therapies is very happy to be offering hot stone massage from the 15th June so contact us to book on 07966688465 or louisabrownholistictherapies.com The cost of the treatment is £40 for 1 hour
We also offer gift vouchers which are a great gift idea and can be used for hot stone massage or any of our other treatments. For more information have a look at our website - louisabrownholistictherapies.com
One of the services we provide here at Louisa Brown Holistic therapies is reflexology. Reflexology is a holistic therapy that treats the person as a whole rather than just focusing on the symptoms of the physical problem. Holistic therapies takes into account the emotional, social and spiritual aspects of a person's needs as well as the physical. Reflexology has a long history, there is evidence it was used in China as far back as 4000BC as well as in Egypt at around the same time. The North American Indians have practised a form of foot therapy for thousands of years.
Reflexology is based on the theory that there are reflex points on the feet and hands that correspond with different areas of the body. There are thousands of nerve endings in the feet and each corresponds to a part of the body, when pressure is applied to these areas it stimulates the movement of energy along the nerve channels and helps to restore balance throughout the whole body. The theory is that reflexology helps the body to restore balance in the body naturally. Usually, after a reflexology treatment you may fell less tense and more relaxed. You might also notice that you get a good nights sleep (better than usual!) and that your general mood is lifted and your overall sense of well being improving.
Many people think that reflexology is just a foot massage, it is much more than this. Research has been carried out into the benefits of reflexology including in the the reduction of pain, improvement of blood flow, how it can aid post operative recovery and in easing child birth and pregnancy symptoms. It is a powerful therapy which has been shown to have a very positive effect on health and well being. When a part of the body is not working at its best, a sensitive area will be found in the part of the foot or hand that corresponds to that part of the body. By working over sensitive reflexes through a course of reflexology treatments the tenderness will usually decrease as the body starts to function properly again as it achieves homoeostasis.
The best way to see if reflexology works for you is to try it for yourself! It can be beneficial for many symptoms, a recent article in the Daily Mail states an increasing number of women claim reflexology has helped them conceive and a medical study has been launched to discover if the claims are true. It can also be beneficial for sufferers of the following:
Stress related conditions
Preparation for birth
Even if you do not suffer from any ailment, reflexology is a wonderfully relaxing treatment. Most of us lead busy lives and have little time to ourselves so why not relax and unwind with a reflexology treatment and have a little 'you time'
If you have any questions or would like to book a reflexology session please call Louisa on 07966688465