Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
The hot stones are warming, deeply relaxing and soothing. They can help melt away any tension or anxiety. In traditional reflexology, fingers and thumbs are used to massage the reflex points on the feet. When using the hot stones, these are placed on the same reflexes for a short period of time and then used to massage each area. Nurturing and grounding, they help you feel comforted, secure and safe.
Historically hot stones have been used as far back as the Incas, the Shang Dynasty and ancient Egyptians. For centuries, civilisations have believed the heat from the stones could aid digestion, improve well being and aid conception. The stones we use in reflexology are commonly basalt, an igneous rock produced by volcanic action. As the stones are washed along seashores and riverbeds over thousands of years they are very smooth and are predisposed to retaining heat for long periods of time due to their density, smoothness and dark colour.
The heat from the hot stones penetrate up to 7-8cms into the superficial layer of muscle when they are placed on the foot. This warmth can influence the body's internal energy flow as well as bring about physiological changes. Its amazing that such simple stones are able to bring such a balance to both body and mind.
The potential benefits from hot stone reflexology include:
*an increase in circulation
*an increase in elimination of waste products flushed through the system, cleansing the organs
*a release of tension in connective tissue
*reduced muscle tension
*an increase of leukocytes (they fight infection) and lymphatic function (helps rid the body of bad toxins)
The hot stones relax the body at its deepest level and can help create harmony and balance. The subtle energies of the hot stones introduced into a treatment calm the senses, relax muscle tension and promote a meditative state.
If you'd like to have hot stone reflexology please let me know in advance and wear loose clothes that can be lifted to the knee for the session.