in this short video therapist Andy Aragon describes the origins and benefits of hot stone therapy using basalt stones.
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Good afternoon, this is Andy Aragon for watchmojo.com at mymassotherapist.com. This afternoon we are talking about hot stone therapy. You probably wondered what exactly is hot stone massage and you probably seen it on the menu at most of you local spas. Many people have wondered where it comes from, some say it was from Arizona, other say Hawaii, other say California. But the truth is that we are not exactly sure, we just know that this stone perse, basalt stone is a volcanic stone with properties that are unique in that they have a magnetic field that is ideal for helping muscle relaxation. This are not rocks that you are going to find in your garden or outside when you walk your dog. The hot stone treatment helps the cardiovascular, the lymphatic system and the nervous system. It is kind of interesting to note that this hot stones are unique and that they do retain their heat and in order to achieve that, what we do is we heat them in a hot stone heater between a 120 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. That is the precise temperature at which the body reacts well to the heat given off by this stones. For the most part I find that they retain their heat for about five to ten minutes depending on the thickness of the stone and its composition. If you ever had adhesions or if you have ever had a lot of tightness in your shoulders, you probably go on to a massage therapist and it is probably hard to do many percussions on your back like this just to try and break down those adhesions. So, as Jamie’s therapist, I may have to do this for five to 10 minutes, sometimes just to break through these very tight muscles. Rather than banging on his back for such a long period of time, I can apply the stone and get deep much, much faster.