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Hot stone massage dates back to ancient traditions and cultures from Africa, Asia, North and South America. They all have a history of using hot stone techniques for easing pain and relaxing muscles.
A hot stone massage uses basalt stones (formed from volcanic rock). These are heated in water and massaged around the body with essential oils. The combination of hot stones with a full body massage expands the blood vessels to allow increased oxygen and is said to improve blood circulation. Its calming sedative effect can reduce stress, relax stiff muscles and relieve chronic joint pain.
This form of massage has been practised for over 5000 years in India, being based on the Ayurvedic (“The Science of Life”) healing system combining natural therapies encompassing mind, body and spirit. It strives to restore balance and inner harmony to mind, body and spirit.
Indian Head Massage can help to relax, soothe or invigorate the receiver, and is excellent for all types of stress related problems.
In Europe, massage remained an important element of health care throughout the duration of the Roman Empire and is widely referred to in the literature of the era. The development of massage in the west was interrupted with the fall of the Roman Empire, re-emerging in the sixteenth century in France, in connection with healing.
Swedish massage is the most commonly offered and best-known type of Western massage. During Swedish massage, massage oils are used to facilitate smooth, gliding strokes called effleurage. Other classic Swedish massage moves include kneading, friction, stretching and (sometimes) tapping. Swedish massage uses firm but gentle pressure to promote relaxation, ease muscle tension.
As a part of nature, aromatic essential oils are a tool of healing and combined with the soothing power of massage have therapeutic benefits to the body. By their fragrance and absorption through the skin, essential oils can also have subtle effects on the mind and emotions, helping to give feelings of relaxation, balance and harmony, a truly holistic therapy.
* In France, there is a legal difference between a “treatment” which carries a definition of having a medical benefit, and a “massage bien étre” which is a massage for good health and well being. Please note that our massages match the latter definition.