Basalt lava stones are heated in a water tank and applied to the body which has been suitably massaged with oil to receive the heat and further massage strokes delivered with the stones. The heat is transferred to the skin and muscles tissues and this loosens the area up so that I can work at a deeper level to release tension and tightness. The warmth helps further to relax the body, relieve pain and enhance blood and lymph flow.
Cold marble stones can also be used if the client would like a more energising, cleansing and balancing experience. The hot and cold application of the stones causes the blood vessels to dilate and constrict which is very stimulating to the circulatory system and nourishing for the muscle tissues and speeds up the detoxing effect of massage. The cold stones also bring relief to areas of inflammation and injury.
A treatment lasts between 1 and 1.5 hours in which time the whole body is worked on. The client initially lies on a layout of stones from the lower back up to the neck. Stones are placed on top of the body at specific energy points and the limbs are massaged in turn. The shoulders and face are addressed before the client turns over. The layout by now has been removed and a warm flat belly stone has replaced it. The back of the body is massaged from head to foot and as the back has been prepared by the client lying on the heated stones it is much prepared to receive a deep soothing and penetrating massage.