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HOT STONES REFLEXOLOGY 

About Hot/Cold Stone Reflexology Treatment:

The technique's creator, Mary Hannigan, says that the idea for LaStone first came to her in 1993, when a voice said to her: "Use the stones." At the time, she was sitting in a sauna with her niece. The voice had such a profound affect upon Hannagan that she found herself picking up a couple of stones and massaging her niece's back with them.

Hannigan says that the stones have become her link to Mother Earth, and that contact with the stones through a hot stone massage, connects us with nature, and can remind us, on one level, of what it was like as a child to relax and play. She also claims that for some, hot stone therapy can work on much deeper levels, taking us deep within ourselves, with the potential for healing emotional distress and anger.

What are Hot Stones?

Hot stones are used to complement and improve a reflexology session. They are volcanic basalt formed by cooled molten lava. Because of their high concentration of iron, titanium and magnesium, they are able to retain heat for a long time. These stones are smooth and dark gray in color. River rocks are sometimes used for their smoothness but are not able to retain heat like the basalt stones.

How are the stones heated?

The stones are heated in a special water spa heating unit to a temperature of 110 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Natasha will always handle the stones first to make sure they are not too hot to place on your feet and will always introduce the heat and the stones to you before starting each stroke.  During the treatment smaller stones will be placed between the toes.

Please remember the Stone Reflexology can be done either with hot or cold stones. Cold Stone Therapy can ease imflammation or areas that are particularly painful. Natasha will advice you as to whether a hot or cold stone foot treatment should be carried out.

 

The hot stone massage?

So what can you expect if you book a hot stone reflexology session? First of all, make sure you have enough time. Your session will probably last between forty minutes and an hour and you certainly won't feel like driving straight after- you'll be much too relaxed.

Hot stones are used to enhance a traditional reflexology session. Natasha will use the hot stones to apply pressure to reflex points on the ankles and feet. Using hot stones enables Natasha to open up reflex points more effectively. The heat penetrates the muscles and relaxes the feet, enabling her to access the reflex points better and with more accuracy. Natasha uses a warm stone, held in the palm, and may offer a full session of hot stones, or will use a couple of cold stones at the end of a traditional Reflexology session. Sometimes cool marble rocks will be used alongside the heated river rocks to create a hot and cold contrast and to ensure the cient is 'grounded' at the end of the session

Precautions:

Foot Reflexology and Hot Stone Reflexology is contraindicated in the case of open sores or wounds on the feet as well as athlete’s foot and other skin conditions of the foot. Wait until the foot has healed or ask Natasha to work on the hand of the same side.

It is also recommended not to raise the temperature of an expecting client so those who are pregnant will want to ask for a shorter amount of time with the hot stones rather than a full hour of heat


Potential benefits of Hot Stone massage/Reflexology:

*  Regain balance and enerfy.

*  Help drain toxins from the body.

*  Improve circulation and overall health.

*  Aids relaxation.

*  Helps you feel more rejuvenated.

     

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SOUTHAMPTON,
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