So, what’s the big deal about hot stone reflexology?
While hot stone massage is well known and in high demand, people tend to know less about hot stone reflexology. However once they do hear about it, I’ve noticed that there’s a high level of interest in the therapy.
The use of hot stones in healing treatments is something that has been around for thousands of years. Their use is based on the principle that heat relaxes your body at its deepest level. So the heat promotes relaxation and allows the therapist to work at a deeper level to support the healing and balancing of your body’s systems.
The health benefits of hot stones include:
- better circulation
- increased elimination of waste products and toxins from your body
- reduced muscle tension and a release of tension in connective tissue
- strengthens your immune system
- de-stresses and promotes relaxation
To be fair, these are similar to the effects of a standard reflexology session. The difference between the two is that we tend to see a faster response when we use the stones to heat your body.
It’s not for everybody. There are some conditions where heat is not recommended, including when there is inflammation such as with rheumatoid arthritis, or skin conditions that can be aggravated by moisture or heat, such as dermatitis.
As someone who has witnessed the healing power of standard reflexology, I’m now also a true advocate of hot stone reflexology. I’ve recently qualified in hot stone reflexology through Sally Earlam’s training course in London which I can recommend to any reflexologist thinking about qualifying in this area.
For this treatment, we work on your feet and legs up to your knees. It’s soothing and relaxing. As some people can handle more heat than others, your reflexologist will always check that the stones are at the right temperature for you. All you need to do is relax and let your body rebalance and heal.
Hot stone reflexology feels like a luxury spa treatment, while also promoting healing in your body. If you want to give it a try, check out who is giving the treatment in your area.