Hot Stone Massage in Tulsa – Zen Hot Stone Massage
What is hot stone massage
Often you can see spa pictures with a beautiful back covered with hot stones. Although this picture does have an aesthetic merit, hot stone massage is much more than just being covered with pleasantly warm basalt rocks.
The rocks are actually engaged in the massage all the way. A well trained therapist will perform this massage not only to relax your muscles, but to rebalance your body’s energy in order to achieve a perfect relaxation on different levels. Generally, the therapist will follow a Swedish massage technique, but the stones will be used to open the body’s energy pathways. While some of the stones are actually used to massage the body, some remain strategically placed on key areas of the body providing the necessary effect. Using the heated stones in that way allows a therapist to reach deeper into the muscle tissue, achieving some important therapeutic goals as well.
They say that the ancient Egyptians were the first to use this type of massage. Even the American Indians used hot stones for massage in their “sweat lodges” for various ceremonies. In Hawaii, hot molten lava rocks called pohaku are used. A type of hot stone massage is also used in the traditional Ayurveda, a natural alternative healing medicine practiced in India.
How it’s done
The stones used for a hot stone massage are usually basalt stones which are chalky grey in color but turn dark once oil is applied to them. The stones are heated to 130 degrees F. and placed strategically along the spine and/or between the toes. The therapist gently rubs the stone into muscles and tissues on both sides of the body; the firmness of the stone coupled with the heat enhances the therapeutic benefits of the massage.
Health benefits of hot stone massage
Hot stone massage performed by a certified therapist can help relax the body’s muscles and soft tissues, alleviate pain, improve circulation and help rid the body of toxins. This type of massage treatment can also reduce stress, promote calmness and increase relaxation. Many hot stone massage enthusiasts even claim they experience a sense of enlightenment, inner peace and renewed energy after a hot stone massage session.