Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Hot stone massage

*What is it?
Leonardo Antunano who is a licensed massage therapist describes a hot stone massage as being a, "application of heated stones to the body during a gentle deep tissue massage. Stones are used as an extension of the hands. It stimulates the circulatory system and promotes self-healing. Softens and relaxes the muscles and helps to release toxins. Induces a state of deep relaxation that washes away stress. Creates a feeling of peacefulness and spiritual well being."

*History of the hot stone massage:
According to, the hot stone massage can be traced back about 5000 years being used in India. It was also used in cultures such as:
-Japanese: where stones were placed on the stomach and used to aid digestion.
-Chinese: for 4,000 years, the stones were used for muscular pain, and from around 2,000 BC, they were used for improving function of internal organs.
-Native Americans: used to detoxify and find harmony

*Stones used:
The stones that are used according to Cathy Wong from, are basalt rocks because they are rich in iron which lets the stone retain heat. They are also river rocks which are smooth which is good on our bodies.

*How are they used?
"The stones are immersed in water and heated in an electric heating device until they are within a certain temperature range. The stones may be placed at specific points on the back, in the palms of the hand, or between the toes.The heat warms and relaxes the muscles, which allows the therapist to apply deeper pressure, if desired.The warmth of the hot stones improves circulation and calms the nervous system," Wong said.

*Time and cost:
A hot stone can take anywhere from 30 to 120 minutes and can cost about $50-$190.

*A therapist in Delray Beach, Florida:
Leonardo Antunano as mentioned earlier works out of Delray Beach, Florida and he charges about $70-$180 depending on the time a client would want. If you would like more information or to book an appointment with Leonardo please contact: 561-330-3434.


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