Stone Massage History
Stone massage is a style that is growing in popularity and recognition around the world and is seen as a very exciting new treatment.
This therapy has actually been in existence for over 2,000 years. Native American women used to place a warmed stone on their belly during menses. Roman baths involved hot water and tables of hot and cold stones to lie on. Pilgrims would put a hot stone at the end of their bed to warm their feet. Fasting Japanese monks would wear a sash in which three warm stones were placed to help to slow down their digestive process. Ancient Chinese, Egyptians and Celts used stones for healing too.
The main idea behind this treatment is to use the stones to apply pressure through weight or heat and help relax the muscles. The main stones used are basalt for hot stone therapy and marble for cold stone therapy. Hot basalt lava stones are used for their penetrative warmth to help release deep muscular tension, congestion and improve the general circulation. Chilled marble stones are used for their cooling, decongesting and cleansing action. They have a refreshing and invigorating action on the body. In recent years Stone therapy has developed into a fusion style which includes a combination of heat, energy balancing and aromatherapy to create a profound healing experience. We certainly recommend trying Stone therapy at least once. There are plenty of Stone therapists in London who offer the treatment.