Massage has now firmly established it self as a very effective therapy for a wide range of illnesses. For this reason in any culture worldwide regardless exists a particular technique of massage that is passed on form generation to generation, due to the fact that its whose healing qualities are highly appreciated. The number of massage methods that are known now is indeed great.
The massage methods can be different in many respects - the different targeted areas and correspondingly the effect to be produced but what any kind of massage is expected to be able to do is to effectively release the tension from muscles, improve blood circulation and produce a general calming and relaxation effect.
As far as relaxation massage it is necessary to mention stone massage therapy. It is in fact a very good example of an unusual type of massage. Giving a brief overview of the stone massage therapy it is necessary to point out a few of its major characteristics. First and foremost stone massage benefits can be attributed to the usage of basalt stones. In fact, the usage of basalt stones increases the effect produced, since the heat that is continually released by the stones is capable of ensuring deep relaxation effect.
The stones that are used for stone massage are usually basalt stones due to the fact that basalt stones are considered to be the best to use for massage purposes. Basalt is the material that comes from the volcanic rock material and its beneficial attributes are such that due to the specific quality of the original material, they are capable of absorbing and retaining heat very well. In this regard it is useful to mention that stone massage therapy presupposes the usage of heated stones.
However, it may be necessary to refrain from hot stone massage therapy if the client suffers from inflammation of other skin disorders.
But as far as hot stone massage therapy is concerned, it requires the basalt stones to be purposefully heated by the stone massage therapist in advance. In the course of the stone massage therapy procedure the therapist will replace the stone that has cooled with a warm one. The stones are usually heated in hot water that is about 150 degrees.
During the procedure of stone massage therapy it is essential for the client to feel free to speak up and say freely if the stones are too hot or if the therapist is applying too much pressure, which less experienced stone massage therapists can sometimes do. The desirable effect that the massage is destined to produce is the releasing of the tension from the muscles as well as from the mind, chasing away the stresses of the day and relieving the emotional and mental fatigue.
Stone massage therapy can be called rather expensive, the regular price is about 125 dollars, but at some spa salons it can be higher. The reason why it is more expensive is because it requires additional qualifications from the massage professional, and besides, there is some preparation to be done.
Besides, stone massage procedure usually lasts longer that regular massage.