Hot Stone Massage
Hot Stone Massage
From the sun-drenched islands of the Pacific comes the hottest massage technique on the planet. Hot stone massage is rocking the world with its ability to drain away the stresses of the day.
Hot stone massage is traditionally practised by the Kahunas of Hawaii and healers of Fiji, but today Graham, a western massage therapist, is trying his hands at the ancient technique.
His special set of self-selected river stones are heated up in boiling water for about twenty minutes before being placed on Louise’s back.
Graham is also a lomi lomi practitioner, another form of Hawaiian massage, and uses this technique first to prepare Louise for the warm treat. During lomi lomi, the practitioner makes sure he is always touching the recipient with more than one hand and on different parts of the body. This is to make the brain give in and switch off, rather than try and keep track of all the confusing sensory input.
Louise herself is a masseuse and had in mind to concentrate on Graham’s moves so that she could one day perform this massage on her clients, but when Graham starts massaging her with rock in hand she falls into such a deep state of relaxation, she promptly gives up.
This is bliss!
Kahuna medicine is not just about the physical. Their techniques have an impact on the spirit too. The overall ola, or health, of a person, depends on a harmonious integration of mind, body and spirit.
Some hot stone massage therapists alternate the hot rocks with chilly ones. The hot ones encourage blood vessels to open up and the cold ones constrict the vessels so blood and lymph are pumped along by a squeezing action, which is great to clear the lymphatic system of any junk. It really get things flowing again.
Graham is primarily concerned with the relaxation of muscles, though. The heat from the stones encourages blood into the muscles, relieving aches, pains and tension. Graham can feel the muscles really loosening up under his deft touch.
Most of Graham’s clients come to him because they want to de-stress and pamper themselves. Hot stone massage offers the perfect way to chill out after a hard day on the job.