Warm stone massage is an ancient form of bodywork and alternative medicine treatment involving the application of a variety of heated or cool stones to the human body for the purpose of healing, relaxation and pain reduction. The therapy has its origins in Greece and is thought to have first been introduced to western society by the Greek physician Hippocrates in the fourth century BC. He wrote about the therapeutic effects of marble dust on patients suffering from colic, as well as other ailments. He also wrote about the application of heated rocks on patients with sore throats and various aches and pains. These techniques would have been practiced in Egypt before being taken up by the Greeks, and it was probably adopted in China and Japan.
During the latter part of the thirteenth century, another great healer of the time, Chinese philosopher Yang Po was to write about the benefits of Warm stone massage. In his Treatise to Internal Medicine, he advocated the use of warm stones for internal purposes to treat different illnesses. According to him, when the body is subjected to continuous heat, the organs become more receptive to receiving nourishment and treat the illness faster. The use of heated stones was not limited to the internal use of people. He stressed the importance of the stones on the external skin, particularly on the face, to remove wrinkles and scars.
While the Greeks and the Chinese had been practicing Warm stone massage for centuries, it was not until the nineteenth century that it began to receive media attention in the west. Then it was used as a massage treatment for back pain. It became popular in countries such as America, Great Britain and Canada where the weather was mild and the temperatures seldom rose above fifty degrees for extended periods of time. This made it very suitable for both relaxing the mind and the body. The American writer, Florence Knoll, who wrote about this therapy in her book, The Great Book of Cold Therapy, had warmer stones with the patient reclining on them.
Since its establishment in the west, many variants of Warm stone massage have been developed. In the US, the most common of these is known as Shiatsu. In this version of therapy, the stones are heated so that they produce a soothing heat. The stones are placed on different pressure points all over the body. Some of them also come with special chakra centers which help to treat specific ailments. Some of the other versions of this therapy include Swedish massage and deep tissue massage.
While the original stones were warmed by heating oil, newer versions include electric heating elements which can be used on the stones without heating them. This makes it possible to have hot stone massages without having to use heated towels or special room heaters. Electric heating elements are safe to use on the human body and can be used at home, unlike other stones which emit harmful gases when heated. Another variation of Warm stone massage uses the use of hot rocks. These hot stones are placed on pressure points or other areas of the body.
Hot stone therapy dates back to ancient times. Its origin can be traced to India. The practice was popular among the kings and queens of that time. However, in China, Hot stone massage was simplified and massaged as a part of medical treatments for thousands of years. Today, this type of massage techniques is used as an alternative to more traditional forms of medical care. Some doctors also incorporate this technique into their routine care.
Some of the conditions treated with Warm stone massage include joint and muscle pains, colds and flu, headaches, insomnia, sore muscles and tissues, and more. There are two types of stones used to perform this technique; one is dry stone and the other is wet stone. Dry stones are those that are warmed from below the surface of the patient’s skin and wet stones are those that are placed on top of the skin and remain underneath. Depending on what area needs to be treated will determine which type of stone will be used. However, both types of stone will provide relief to the patient.
The stones that are used during Warm stone massage are made of many different minerals and gemstones. One of these is quartz. Other stones can include coral, agate, amethyst, aquamarine, Jasper, tourmaline, violet, and much more. Stones can even come in the form of a bracelet that has been specially made for a particular individual.