Now that fall is upon us and the weather is starting to cool off again, hot stone massage is coming back into season. There is nothing like a nice, hot stone massage to warm up a client when the fall and winter chill is in the air.
History of Hot Stone Massage
The use of hot stones in massage and medicine dates back 5,000 years to India, as part of Ayervedic medicine. In more modern times, Native American healers from the desert of Arizona would gather rocks from rivers and warm them in hot coals, wrapping them in a cloth and placing them on the body. This would lead to the immediate onset of the relaxation process, relieving muscle pain and discomfort.
Benefits of Hot Stone Massage
By placing hot stones on key points on the body, the massage therapist creates a warm comfort zone. The deep direct heat relaxes muscles, allowing greater manipulation than a regular massage.
Hot stones expand blood vessels, pushing blood and waste materials through the body. This has a sedative effect on the nervous system which leads to relief of chronic pain, and induces a deep relaxation, which is useful in stress reduction. Circulation is increased, arthritis conditions alleviated, back pain reduced, tension and anxiety reduced, and insomnia relieved.
Online Training for Hot Stone Massage
If you have ever considered incorporating hot stone massage into your practice, the Institute of Somatic Therapy offers an excellent introductory course. This online continuing education course is a 10 CE (hour) course valid for NCBTMB, ABMP, AMTA, and most states. You will learn to provide a basic hot stone full body massage, plus cap it off with a bonus cold stone face massage. You will study the techniques, as well as contraindications, sanitation and safety.
The course tuition is $109 if done online and $145 if done by mail. As our fall special, from now through October 31, 2015, you will receive 10% off either the online or mail format of the course by using STONE as a coupon code. To enroll, or learn more about this course, click here.