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History of Hot Stone Massage

Stones have been around since the beginning of time, it is what holds the earth together.  Stones have been used for divination, warmth, healing and protection since the beginning of the human race.  As a human race, we have used stones in a variety of ways to honor, for building, for divination, to commune with spirits, for protection and for healing.  In every culture and in every race we see traces left behind for all to see; in Egypt, England, Easter Island, North America, South America, China, and many more.

The Australian aboriginal shamans use stones to commune with spirits.  The Mayans and Druids used stones for divination.  Some cultures even say that the stones carry with them memories of the ancient, the memories of all events on this planet.

The Japanese used stones to warm their abdomens to aid digestion.  The Chinese have been using hot stones to relieve muscular pain for some 4,000 years.  In China a 1,000-year old jade massage knuckle was discovered that is now part of the body roller collection at the World Massage Museum.  Some practitioners and historians of traditional Chinese medicine believe that stone therapy actually dates back as far as 5,000 years, combining the influences of both China and India.  Stones are believed to have been used either hot or cold to relieve sore muscles.

Influences in North America are the Native Americans who used stones for healing by placing heated stones on tired and sore muscles as well as in rituals like the Sweat Lodge.  Another North American influence on modern stone therapy is the Hawaiian stone massage tradition that was developed mostly independently.  Volcanoes and volcanic stones (basalt) are abundant in Hawaii.  Smooth basalt stones and guava tree sticks were traditionally used in Lomi-Lomi treatments.

Indications for Hot Stone Massage

  • Arthritic and Rheumatic conditions
  • Fibrositis, Synovitis
  • Sprains, Strains & Contusions
  • Back pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Joint stiffness
  • Sub-acute and chronic back ache
  • Trigger points
  • Nervous tension
  • Emotional stress

 Physiological Effects of Heat

  • Increases Body Temperature
  • Increases Pulse rate (by 10 for every 1 degree increase in body temp)
  • Increases respiration rate
  • Increases oxygen consumption and metabolic rate
  • Peripheral vasodilatation
  • Increases circulation
  • Decreases blood pressure
  • pH becomes more alkaline
  • Increases in excretion from kidneys

 General Therapeutic Effects of Hot Stones

  • Increases the extensibility or the stretch of collagen fibers
  • Decreases chronic joint stiffness
  • Relieves pain
  • Relieves muscle spasms
  • Increases blood flow
  • Can assist in the removal of edema and waste products from areas of injury


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