"Hot Stone Massage Dublin... during the treatment I bring the stones' energies to let them do the walking along the muscles, allowing you to reconnect to the inner strength of Mother Earth".
LaStone Therapy was first originated in 1993 by Mary Nelson.
The application of geothermotherapy, using deep, penetrating heated stones and alternating with chilled stone brings about a chemical release within the body's systems, to balance and recharge your soul with Mother Earth and Father Sky.
At Hot Stone Massage Dublin we use smooth, heated stones. They are basalt stones, a black volcanic rock that absorbs and retains heat well. Before you arrive, I sanitize the stones and heat them in water at 54 to 63 degrees Celsius.
Heated stones are also put in specific points along your spine, or in the palms of your hand, or even between your toes to improve the flow of energy in your body. Placement stones are warm and comforting, having a profound grounding effect.
If you have inflammation or muscle injury, cold stones (marbles stones) are sometimes used.
The effectiveness of heat and cold in therapeutic circumstances can be attributed to two basic physical rules. Heat expands, cold contracts. Physiologically this translates into the use of heat as a vasodilator – bringing nutrient rich blood to surface areas – and the use of cold acting as a vasoconstrictor – driving blood to the body’s core – nourishing and protecting the inner organs of the body.
Used alone, heat can help to relax aching muscles, while cold reduces inflammation and inhibits pain. Pain reduction happens, in part, because the body’s pain receptors are particularly sensitive to changes in temperature. Cooler temperatures slow the velocity of nerve transmission, while heat tends to increase the velocity.
Done correctly and with the understanding of precautions, the use of contrasting temperatures can greatly enhance the efficacy of a massage session and result in the ease of symptomatic pain and inflammation.