||Hot Stone Massage
at The Abbott Center
||More than just
the hottest massage
available, treatment with
heated stones is truly
and profoundly healing.
Come experience the magic
of the stones...
What is Hot Stone Massage?
|Hot stone massage is a luxurious 75-minute
treatment of the body's soft tissues, integrating
the use of heated stones with traditional hands-on massage. Stones are used as heaters, as
extensions of the hands, and as tools. Placed on
the body, they provide cozy warmth, stimulate
metabolism and the circulation of fluids as they
soften connective tissue.
Used in the therapists
hands, they add weight and pressure, encouraging
deeper treatment and a sense of
groundedness. Textured stones are used
as exfoliants. Smooth stones are used
with oil for gentle warm gliding and
flushing. Cold stones close the pores,
decongest tissues and decrease
inflammation. Specially shaped stones
treat problem areas. The stones are not
intended to replace human touch,
however, so hands and forearms are
incorporated as in traditional massage.
Benefits of Hot Stone Massage
|The stones allow the therapist to penetrate
more deeply than is possible with bare hands because the heat softens
the connective tissue and releases tension. The effects of hot stone
treatment last longer than regular massage, sometimes up to 24 hours.
Because heat makes the muscles relax and the blood and lymph vessels
dilate, more oxygen-rich nourishing blood reaches those tissues and
more waste products are removed.
heat also increases the
metabolic rate and
reduces stagnation along
the energy pathways.
relaxes the nervous
system and is useful in all
cases of anxiety,stress,
chronic pain and insomnia.
The stones stimulate
touch sensations and
increase body awareness
and they have a grounding
effect when used with
Ayurvedic techniques that
anchor the root. You'll
feel more centered.
What to Expect During Treatment
|The Abbott Center uses the protocol of
Ayurvedic-based Sacred Stone Therapy. Stones
and jojoba oil are heated in 120 F to 150 F
water. Under warm covers, large stones, tested
by you for temperature, are slipped under the
sacrum and between the shoulder blades and
laid on the abdomen. Wrist support stones are
placed under the palms of the hands against the
hips and nestled in the angles of the neck.
Specific crystals are positioned at the solar
plexus, chest, throat and forehead over the
chakras (major points of energy intake) to
increase their energy flow.
A warm sandbag may
be slung over the thighs. As the heaters are
penetrating deeper and deeper, your feet are
massaged. Small stones are slipped between
your toes and all are wrapped in warm towels.
Now, working one part of the body at a time,
your therapist will relax your muscles with a
lavish massage using the jojoba to lubricate first
her hands and then the hot hand-held stones.
Turning you over, the process will be repeated,
massaging the back of your body and lining up
heating stones down the spine and on the feet
and hands. Finally, all stones are removed,
leaving you warm and cozy to come back into
the real world feeling better than if you had just
emerged from a nice nap.
|Bring comfortable clothing to wear home; you may feel oily. Drink plenty of water to flush metabolic wastes. Plan to relax or take a nap.
The geology of stones and their healing properties teach us that the energy of local stones is more effective for local people. Most of our stones come from the New England coast and rivers and are used just as we found them. Our stones have not been mechanically smoothed, a process that weakens their natural energy. All of our treatment stones are kept sanitized and periodically re energized in the sun.
The Abbott Center uses only jojoba (which is actually not an oil, but an ester or liquid wax). Jojoba is the closest substance to the secretions of the sebaceous glands of our skin. It is highly nourishing and doesn't clog pores or stain clothing.
All stones and crystals have specific rates of vibration and molecular arrangements. The crystalline properties of living tissue and the vibrations of the major chakras can be enhanced by coordinating their vibrations with those of stones and crystals.
The use of heated stones was first recorded in 4000 BC in China, but stones and crystals have always been used in healing. Records exist in many ancient cultures. Rediscovered recently in the 1990's and incorporated into traditional massage, Hot Stone Massage quickly became the most requested treatment in the spa culture.