Oct 30, 2010

What are Stone Massage Therapy Benefits?

Oct 30, 2010
Ayurveda places much importance on body massages of various types. Among all ayurvedic massage types, Abhyanga massage is the most popular one that uses herbal oils to rejuvenate the body. A step ahead of “Abhyanga Massage” is the “Shila Abhyanga Massage” or the Ayurvedic hot stone massage. In it, hot water treated stones, mostly Basalt stones of varying sizes are placed at key points of the body (along both sides of the spine). Stone massage delivers efficient tissue and muscle massage at a pressure level that is comfortable to the person receiving it. The main benefit of hot stone massage therapy is to promote healing and longevity by releasing tension and connecting the flow of prana (vital energy) throughout the body. Other benefits of stone massage therapy include the following.
  • Stone massage stimulates the circulatory system.
  • It helps in releasing toxins out of body.
  • It induces deep relaxation and calms the psyche.
  • Stone massage therapy also relieves pain and muscle spasms.
Stone Massage Benefits for Diseases

There are certain specific diseases that get treated through Ayurvedic stone massage therapy. These diseases include:
  • Muscular aches and pains
  • Back Pain
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromylagia
  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Blood Circulatory Problems
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
Hot stone massage thus has many healing properties. In fact, the use of hot stones allows the massage therapist to give a deep, penetrating massage without putting excessive stress on own body. The stones heats the skin, open the pores, and prepare the patient's skin to better absorb the herbal massage oils. It, therefore, increases the benefits of any given oil that is provided to the body.


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