Basalt stones are formed from the hot lava that spills out of a
volcano as it erupts. These have been exposed to sun, wind, heat, rain
and cold conditions over many millennia - during this time each stone is
compressed to form a concentrated mass of minerals and crystals. These
mineral stones are rich in iron and are well known for their heat and
cold retention properties.
During the massage, water-heated basalt stones are placed at specific sites on the client's body to promote relaxation and to help open up the nadis (energy pathways), release energy blocks and to allow Ayurvedic herbal oils to penetrate deep beneath the skin’s surface. The warm stones expand the blood vessels and push blood and unwanted waste products through the body.
Hot stone massage creates a state of deep relaxation, gives a sensation of comfort and warmth, has a calming effect on the nervous system and promotes the healing process.
It also has a rejuvenating effect on the whole body: by improving circulation the massage facilitates the cleansing of all systems, particularly the lymphatic system. It is a very grounding, relaxing, restorative and healing experience.
have a de-congesting, soothing effect on specific areas, refreshing and
stimulating the mind, and can be used to cool the body on a warm day or
during hot flushes. It is a very revivifying massage that may help
improve circulation and also reduce high blood pressure.
Cold stones can be placed:
- on dark circles that appear under the eyes and relieve tired and puffy eyes
- on the sinus areas to alleviate nasal swelling and reduce sinus congestion
- in the abdominal area, where they can help draw swelling away from the uterus and may ease menstrual discomfort
Clients with sports injuries, such as tendinitis, may also benefit from cold stone massages to soothe inflammation of muscles and joints.