Serene Ayurveda

Hot & Cold Stone Massage



Ayurvedic Hot Stone Massage, known as Shila Abhyanga (or ‘stone massage’), aims to stimulate vital marma or energy points in order to release energy blocks, improve blood circulation and help improve the body’s removal of waste products.

Shila Abhyanga is part of svedana therapy (also known as thermotherapy). It involves the use of herbal Ayurvedic oils and hot basalt stones of varying sizes and shapes to give a slow, deep tissue massage.

Hot Stone Massage

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.


Cold Stone Massage
Cold stones are sometimes used alternately with hot stones.

They 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.

 

Shila Abhyanga (Hot & Cold Stone Massage)


   Back Massage
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes


 
Whole Body Massage
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes



Benefits:
  • Reduces muscular aches, pains, sprains and strains
  • Promotes deep muscle and tissue relaxation
  • Releases toxins
  • Alleviates stress
  • Relieves back pain
  • Improves circulation
  • Reduces tension and anxiety
  • Softens stiff tissues
  • Improves treating conditions such rheumatism and arthritis
  • Calms the central nervous system
  • Grounds the body
  • Gently exfoliates the skin and improves its firmness and vibrancy
  • Helps in treating disorders such as fibromyalgia, MS, insomnia, depression
  • Increases general circulation and vitality
           
   Massage is not recommended for people:
  •   with infectious skin disease, rashes or open wounds
  •   with tumors, abdominal hernia or recently fractured bones
  •   immediately after surgery
  •   immediately after chemotherapy or radiation
  •   people prone to blood clots

Pregnant women should first consult their doctor if they are considering Ayurvedic Hot Stone Massage.

If you have heart disease, check with your doctor before having a massage.


Please do not drink alcohol or take any drugs before treatment. Also please make sure that you do not have a big meal for at least 30 minutes before treatment.

Please tell the therapist if you are suffering from a cold, fever, high or low blood pressure, diabetes or any other serious medical condition. Some conditions may reduce the effectiveness of your treatment or may be contraindicated for the chosen treatment.

 
The full fee is expected for cancellations with less than 24 hours in advance FOR ANY REASON WHATSOEVER

Website Builder