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Hot Stone and Gem Massage

Hot Stone and Gem Massage

A fully illustrated guide to the ancient Hawaiian art of massage with hot stones

• Includes illustrated instructions for each area of the body

• Explains how to combine hot stone massage with gemstone chakra treatment, detailing the specific healing powers of 54 gemstones

• Recommends which base oils and essential oils enhance the effects of hot stone massage

Since ancient times, the people of Hawaii have used hot stones for both physical and spiritual healing. Using basalt stones--fine-grained, high-density volcanic rocks with an exceptional ability to store heat--hot stone massage not only dispels tensions and soothes the soul but also enhances lymph flow, removes toxins, and fortifies the immune system. The treatment causes blood vessels to dilate, leading to improved circulation and consequently improved oxygen, nutrient, antibody, and protective cell supply to the area of the body under the stones and is extremely effective for joint problems, back pain, and sore muscles. Beyond the strictly physical benefits, the massage also stimulates the meridians and chakras, gently dissipating energetic blockages.

This book provides step-by-step, fully illustrated instructions for treatments for each area of the body. The authors then include details on the specific healing powers of 54 gemstones, showing how to further enhance the benefits of hot stone massage with gemstone chakra treatment. For instance, in facial massage, working with amethyst can alleviate headaches and help heal skin blemishes. They also describe the therapeutic benefits of several base and essential oils and recommend specific combinations for hot stone massage. The power of the stones, the warmth of the treatment, and the massage itself unite in this holistic therapy to provide deep relaxation and calm that recharges the body and soul.
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  • Healing Arts Press | 
  • 160 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781594772467 | 
  • November 2008
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FROM CHAPTER 1

Origins of Hot Stone Massage


HOT STONE MASSAGE HAS ITS ORIGINS in Hawaii, where it is called Pohaku (rock/stone) Wai (water) Ola (life, health, being healthy). Since ancient times, the people of Hawaii have used this type of stone therapy for physical and spiritual healing. The island inhabitants developed a very effective massage in which the smooth volcanic rocks were used as tools. Massage with heated stones loosens muscles and tensions, stimulates in a pleasant way the circulation and warmth distribution in the body, and calms the soul. This knowledge is based on ancient experiences and is thus also found in... see more

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