Healing stones can be used in a variety of ways. I use hot stones as a part of my massage therapy practice every day. People love the feeling of the smooth, round, perfectly heated stones, caressing their tight, sore, tired, muscles. This adds a higher level of relaxation to their massage session with every treatment. As I use a medium pressure, along with the enchanting, healing quality of the stones themselves, people let down their guard and melt onto the massage table. Thus forgetting their stress, and their aches and pains, falling into a zone of deep rhythmic breathing which in itself promotes a deeper state of relaxation. Along with the application of topical pain relieving massage oil, and lavender, or some other soothing scented essential oil, relaxation is ensured. Aromatherapy, or the use of essential oils, is a science all in it’s own. The varied and aromatic scents evoke different feelings and responses within the bodily system. Some scents relax the body, and others stimulate or renew responses. Lemon, for example, is a renewing scent that is better used after a massage. It helps people come back from the relaxation zone, and helps them wake up and become more aware of their current surroundings. Lemon also helps invoke the immune system to aid in continual good health.
The healing stones themselves, are of a basalt base. They vary in size, weight, and sometimes color. Basically they are neutral grey tones and are sometimes accented with red or black. The smaller stones are used first to sooth the tense muscles of the neck and upper back. The second set is for the upper back and shoulders, and are usually a little larger than the first set. The third set is usually a little warmer and larger, and is focused on connecting the upper, mid, and lower back muscles in a symphony of relaxation. Sometimes a fourth and fifth set are used to include the arms, hands, legs, and feet. More sets are used if the client is extremely fatigued, or if I find that the stones are being especially effective in relieving tension. On rare occasions, I even use a set of stones specifically designed to fit between each toe. Now that is a thorough hot stone massage. Very relaxing.
Massaging the feet is called reflexology, and is very beneficial for a variety of reasons. It increases circulation, and I find that many people hold a lot of stress in their feet. Often the stress expands from the feet to the knees, and then to the thighs, hips, lower back, mid back, upper back, neck, and occasionally ends with a headache. These symptoms can all be lessened or eliminated with the use of hot stones and therapeutic massage and energy clearing techniques. Energy healing hot stones are an important part of my massage practice and are used as healing instruments and help increase good energy.