What is Stone Therapy?
Stone Therapy is an ancient healing art that was just recently rediscovered.Its modern form came in 1994 when a massage therapist from Tucson, AZ brought it back to life.Since then it very quickly became the most influential and demanded treatment in the SPA industry in North America and had taken many forms.
Stone therapy is a type of thermotherapy.It uses deep penetrating heat from smooth basalt rocks and alternating cold from marble stones.Physiological benefits of alternating temperatures to the body have long been scientifically and medically proven.
Stone Therapy is an exclusive 'vascular gymnastics' of circulatory system. It improves work of lymphatic and immune systems,normalizes body functions,and assists your body in self healing.It also affects the sensory system which stimulates production of neuro-chemicals that brings sense of well-being.Peace takes you over and you embrace it.All the stress and the negative realities of life are dissipating at that time.You are at peace with yourself and the surrounding world.That's when you truly regenerate and recover.Stones are your guides in the miracle of self healing.That is what this therapy is all about.
The ultimate goal of the therapy is relaxation that will bring balance and alleviate chronic and acute problems.
PROCEDURE: How Stone Therapy is Applied?
You begin by reclining on a series of flat hot and cool stones,covered by a thick towel,that trace your spine.Your skin welcomes their therapeutic energy like ripples in a pool of water.Within minutes,your body and mind begin to trust and respond to the sensations.Your breathing slows as oils are applied to your skin,the therapist,with hot stones in hands,rhythmically glide across your meridian lines.The waves of heat surprise your senses,quickly converting to bliss.
Starting at the foot,the stones move up your leg,along the side the torso and up the arm,right to your fingertips,all in a delicate,non-stop ritual.Next,
your chest and shoulders receive the same mindful practice.Large stones are cradled in your palms and coin-sized stones are lightly wedged between your toes.You completely lose track where the therapist's hands end and the velvety-soft stones begin.
Heated Chakra stones align and balance chief energy centres,sending their healing properties deep to your core.As the first half of the treatment concludes,your body feels there is more to come.
As you gently turn to rest upon your stomach,a large,flat hot stone is carefully placed on the cotton blanket,just above the tail bone supported by the sacrum.The sequence of synchronized movements follow the peaks and curves of your body,careful not to cross your spine or come in contact with bones and joints.Cool stones are placed on key areas to alleviate stress.The cold stones are the key element of Stone Therapy.The coolness from the stones penetrates deep and fast due to its chemical composition and monocrystalline structure.They feel fresh and cleansing,like a fresh breeze in the mountains.They dissipate all phsical,emotional and psychological stress.They bring clarity to you.These are the true healers.More heated stones caress and massage every inch of your body with warmth and sedation.
Your senses detect the ritual clicking of stones,followed by the meditative deep breathing of the therapist,who guides ou through the treatment to a world beyond.It's as if Mother Nature is healing you with her own tender hands...
TYPES OF STONE THERAPY:
a) La Stone Therapy: La Stone Therapy,also known as hot and cold stone therapy,is a type of massage that uses smooth,heated and cooled stones to relative stiffness and soreness,and to restore energy to aching muscles and joints.
During the therapy,heat preserving warm basalt stones and cool sedimentary stones are applied by the massage therapist to balance a clients chakra.La Stone practitioners also perform hand massage to assist with the unblocking of energy and to direct blood and ymph flow throughout the body.
During a La Stone session,stones of all shapes and sizes are used.The stones are heated to varying temperatures-ranging from 0 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit-to elicit physical healing,mental relaxation and a spiritual connection to earth energy.
The theory behind La Stone massage is that warm stones will encourage the exchange of blood and lymph circulation throughout the body,and provide soothing and healing heat for deep-tissue work.Hot stones are used for encouraging circulation and for easing stiffness,coldstones are applied to aid with inflammation,to encourage blood to move away from a swollen area and in some cases to balance male/female energies.Benefits of alternating hot and cold stones during a La Stone session have been known to encourage the circulatory system and the self-healing process.
During a La Stone therapy session,the massage therapist will place warm stones in varying positions along the body.This will rebalance their energy.The specific stones can also be used as place markers by the therapist for specific trigger-point work.The alternating heat and cold of La Stone thermotherapy encourages body-mind harmony and healing.During the therapy clients will notice their body temperature,heart and breathing rates rise and drop.This indicates a rapid exchange of blood and oxygen in the body.
b) Hot Stone Massage: Hot stone massage is a variation on classic massage therapy.Heated smooth,flat stones are placed on key points on the body.The massage therapist may also hold the stones and use them to massage certain areas of the body.The use of hot stones for healing dates back to ancient times,but massage therapists and spas have how developed their own versions of the hot stone massage using heated,smooth rocks.
Benefits of Hot Stone Massage
- The hot stones are usually made of basalt , a type of rock that is rich in iron,so they retain heat.River rocks are normally used because they are very smooth.
- The stones are immersed in water and heated in an electric heating device until they are within a certain temperature range.The stones may be placed at specific points on the back,in the palms of the hand,or between the toes.
-The heat warms and relaxes the muscles,which allows the therapist to apply deeper pressure,if desired.
- The warmth of the hot stones improves circulation and calms the nervous system.
- Some massage therapists place stones on points that are thought to be energy centres of the body to rebalance the body and mind.
Why Get Hot Stone Massage?
Many people find the warmth of the hot stones to be comforting and get it for relaxation.
Hot stone massage is suited to people who tend to feel chilly or who have cold feet.It's also suited for people who have muscle tension but prefer a lighter massage.The heat relaxes muscles,allowing therapist to work the muscles without using deep pressure.
People also get hot stone massage for a variety of health conditions:
-Back pain and aches
-Osteoarthritis and arthritis pain
-Stress,anxiety and tension
How do the Hot Stones feel?
The hot stones are never rough. They are always flat and smooth.The hot stones used on the back are about the size of a large egg,only flat.
The stones are heated in an electrical heating unit that either provides a temperature or has an adjustable thermostat control.
The massage therapist always holds the stones first before touching them to your body,which ensures that the temperature will not be too hot.Everyone,however, has their own comfort range. Be sure to speak up if the stones are too hot for you.
Procedure of Hot Stone Massage
The massage therapist often begins by applying oil to the body,which allows the hot stones to glide smoothly along the muscles.You are lying face down,and the massage therapist often then uses the hot stones to massage the back.
After the hot stones have relaxed the muscles,the massage therapist may put down the stones and use his or her hands to directly massage the skin.
The hot stones may then be placed back on to the body and left for a short period of time.
You are then asked to turn over onto your back.The massage therapist may place small hot stones between your toes or in the palm of your hand and repeats the sequence.
A typical hot stone massage is between 60 and 90 minutes long.
- People with infectious skin disease,rash or open wounds.
- Immediately after surgery.
- Immediately after chemotherapy or radiation,unless recommended by your doctor.
- People prone to blood clots.There is a risk of blood clots being dislodged.If you have heart disease,check with your doctor before having massage.
- Pregnant women should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting a massage.Massage in pregnant women should be done by massage therapists who are certified in pregnancy massage.
- Massage should not be done directly over bruises,inflamed skin,unhealed wounds,tumors,abdominal hernia,or areas of recent fractures.
c) Gemstone Therapy:
In this mechanical world,the life is full of stress and strained and these often disturb us. Where as every body desires peace and prosperity in life? There are various options such as allopathic medicine,homeopathic medicine,ayurvedic,holisticpathy,yoga,naturopathy etc.to help us.The gemstone therapy is one of the ancient & natural science followed in india million years ago but lost in transition,does now gearing up with better understanding.This therapy is harmless with no side effect,and may resolve many forthcoming issues for the control of problems aroused.
The gem therapy works on the concept of colors energy can be called as color therapy.The modern science has observed the significant influence of colors on the human body.The influence of blue and red color rays has been seen in governing the behaviour of human body.
Presently it is known that a white light / sunlight is composed of seven colors that can be seen with the help prism. The seven colors red,yellow,green,blue,violet,indigoand orange of different wavelength have different governance on the system of body.The significance of color energy affecting the human system is:
Red color energy improves courage,self confidence,blood circulation and vitality and reduces anemia.It provides vitaminB12
Yellow color energy stands for wisdom,ambition,science and confidence and helps to improve nervousness, skin problems,digestion system and tiredness.It stimulates the brain,liver,spleen,kidney,memory and gives vitaminA.
Green color energy is referred to encourage swiftness and freshness,as it is a nature color that provides happiness,peace and reduces restlessness.
It is said that this color isbeneficial to scientists,lawyers,businessman and salesman.
Blue color energy represents the spiritual aspects of the life and that is an endless process.It has greatest healing power that controls the activity of brain.It gives resistance to body against poison,evil effect,germs and reduces pain etc.It helps the person for higher studies and research work.
Orange color energy is a mixture of red and yellow that denotes the color of Saint.Physically orange is the best stimulant,helping us in times of depression,loneliness and boredom.
Violet color energy denotes attraction,swiftness,encouragement and affection.It provides vitaminD.
Indigo color energy stands for unity,honesty and gentleness.
-Calms nerves and lymphatic systems.
-Improves stomach disorders,migraine and cataract.
-Helps in soothing effect on the eyes,ears and the nervous system.
-Controls pituitary glands.
White color energy is a mixture of all colors.It denotes peace,simplicity,soft nature and friendship.A person suffering from mental distubances,torture,high blood pressure,loose temper needs the atom of white color.This color protects against widowhood and accidents.It also helps for wealth.
It is said that the planets are the source of energy because they emit self-generating rays similar to the sun.Hence it can be inferred that the planets are those which emit self-rays.Seven planets are defined in each solar system and these are the sun,the moon,the jupiter,the mercury,the venus,the saturn,and the mars.These planets possess their own rays of different intensity and color.For Example,the sun emits red and warm rays where as the moon emits white and cool rays.Further the Saturn emits blue,the Mars-orange and the mercury emitting green rays.
All the rays emitting from planets are spreading over the entire solar plane and make the formation of white light.Therefore our Earth being the part of this solar system,also receives all the color rays in the form white light which is a mixture of seven basic colors.
Where as a human body has the same planetary system in the form of seven centres.These are connected with the whole body and more particularly with the specific fingers.The fingers function as the receiver of color rays and transmit to their respective centres.These centres,although independent but are linked with the main centre known as centre of saturn,which is receiver of blue color ray.Therefore,the blue color ray has the most powerful healing capacity and any malfunctioning may cause serious diseases.
For healthy and happy life,it is inferred that all the colors are to be balanced to each other in specific ratio for one self.Any imbalances,disturbances and deficiency of color rays would cause disorders.It is thus,the balancing of centres is important that can be given through the outside help.
The color rays are available all the time around us and on the entire plane in the form of white light.To get an individual color as per need , the required gems are to be wore in order to block the other color rays available at the same time.A number of gemstones are available who tap the known forces of planets in form of color energy and transmit the required energy to human beings.For obtaining the required energy,gems are to be sported in many different ways either to a particular chakra or to whole person or around neck.But the best way for increased efficiency is to sport at the fingers,which have direct channels to the centres of the human body.Each finger is specific to certain planet.Therefore the selection of the proper finger and type of gems to be used is of prime importance.
The selection of gemstones,although,appears to be simple but for obtaining full benefits,a wide experience and clarity for analysis of requirement regarding size,color potency and analysis of center requirements would be an utmost need.An disease / problem is not due to one planet and several planets may be associated with the cause.For exact balancing the negative and positive energies of centres,different kind of gems are to be wore.It is thus,for one specific disease,several stones can be utilised at the same time.
The application of gemstones seems to be scientific and aids the people for control of their problems and diseases with no harmful and side effects.With this concept,it may be inferred that gemstones are capable of curing any kind of disorders.Experiments conducted in this direction show that the chronic diseases like migraine,asthma,heart,tumors spinal and backaches,blood pressures,stomach , kidney and kidney stones,piles arthritis epilepsy etc. may be treated with the help of gemstones.
These days there are three currently leading spa industry: Ayurvedic,Aromatherapy and Stones.The purpose of these is to distill what practitioners,leaders in the spa and wellness industry,and clients know or shuld know about the efficacy and elegance of stone therapies.The use of stones for healing is ancient.Clients rave about the therapeutic results,wellness centres and spas report a surge in business,therapists' careers are prolonged,and repetitive stress injuries are reduced. The experience of a stone treatment can be a profoundly healing reconnection with the elements we are made of:earth,air fire water and ether.Stones are adaptable to a myriad of uses.
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Article by Vanita Gupta