Hot stone massage
is an Ayurvedic massage treatment designed to anchor the
root chakra (muladhara chakra) and the second chakra (svadhisthana
chakra) and to relieve bodily tension.
The stones are typically a fine grained basalt (Ponamu may
also work well), with a smooth finish of varying sizes
heated and used in conjunction with hot oil. Before a
treatment the stones are sterilised and heated to between
50˚c and 80˚c water.
The stones may be placed on key points or problem areas on the body so the warmth
may penetrate to relax and soften muscles and tissues, or the stones may be
gently used to rub over the body. For inflammation
or muscle injury, cold stones may be used.
Note the stones should not be to hot or hurt bones.
Ayurvedic therapists are taught to work with the earth
energy, which follows the downward flow in the body called apana vayu
and is part of the curriculum at
universities in India in a course called "Shila Abyhanga".
Shila is a Sanskrit word for stone and abhyanga is a
Sanskrit word for oil massage which is part of the standard
learning for most Ayurvedic physicians.
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