The healing powers of Hot Stone Massage have been around since 2000 BC. The usage of Hot Healing Stones can be found in almost every culture, and are still used today after a thousand years.
In Asia, hot stone massage was used for medicinal purposes. The Chinese used hot stones to relieve muscle pain, and to improve the function of internal organs. The Japanese use hot stones in Anma, the oldest form of Asian massage. But the usage of Hot Stones in a therapeutic nature doesn’t stop in Asia.
Hawaiian medicine men called Kahunas, would use smooth heated volcanic rocks wrapped in leaves from a castor oil plant, and then place them on parts of the body that would experience tension or spasms. The Hawaiian massage-Lomi Lomi- applies lava rock balls to clean or scrape skin. The stones also caused deep to tissue to vibrate, which would heal the tissue.
Native Americans used hot stones to adjust the temperature in their sweat lodges, which were places of spiritual refuge and where someone could heal their sprit and body. Native Americans also used stoned to help detoxify the body and to help find harmony and balance. The Latin American folk healers-Shamans- used stones to deal with disease or pregnancy. The heated stones dealt with the discomfort of menstruation while cold stones dealt to slow the bleeding after labor.
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