This set of hot massage stones includes 7 polished basalt stones, each engraved with a symbol representing one of the 7 major chakras in the human body.
The stones can be used for;
- normal hot stone massage therapy
- opening and balancing the chakras
Hot Massage Stone Therapy
- A good way to manage stress. Studies show that stress is the number one root of a lot of diseases and disorders. Whether it's stress from work, home or daily activities, the result is the same: too much stress can lead to health problems. And because we can never run away from it, the only way to deal with it is to manage stress efficiently. A hot stone massage offers some relaxing time for your mind and does wonders in releasing muscular tension. Thus this is one of the best ways to relieve you of stress.
- Effective in muscle relaxation. The heat in the stones is effective in enabling the muscles to loosen up and relax. This makes it easier for deep tissue manipulation.
- Improves health conditions. More and more doctors are beginning to recommend this therapy as part of medical treatment of a lot of health problems such as Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension and musculoskeletal problems.
- Allows better sleep. It's really hard to get a good quality sleep when you're over fatigued. With the relaxation you get from this therapy, it makes it easier for you to doze off into a deep sleep which your body needs to recuperate from daily fatigue. This is why people who have Insomnia are often advised to get this therapy.
- Relieves pain. Manipulation of muscles can significantly reduce muscle spasm and give comfort to painful muscles so those who suffer from back pains or muscle aches often go for this therapy.
- Improves blood circulation and flow of energy. The stones are placed on key points of your body known as energy centres which are sometimes clogged or blocked.
- Allows for easy rehabilitation. Massage can facilitate easy recovery from injuries such as sprains.
- Releases toxins from your body. When muscles are massaged, toxins that are clogged within are released. This is why, it's advised that clients drink plenty of water after a session to help flush out those unhealthy and unwanted toxins.
- Satisfies human longing for touch. It's only human to crave for hugs and affection. But since our loved ones are not always within a hug's reach, having a hot stone massage is a good alternative to suffice this need.
- Gives you a happy feeling. A calming and soothing massage can do wonders in giving you an emotional boost, leaving you with a happier and more positive outlook in life.
- Prepare the massage stones as follows ready for your hot stone massage therapy session;
- Prepare your massage room with some aromatherapy or incense.
- Wash the stones in the sink, and clean them with rubbing alcohol. When you use hot rocks, you want them sanitized.
- Place the stones in a saucepan and add enough water to cover them.
- Place a candy thermometer in the saucepan which clearly shows 120 degrees Fahrenheit or 48.89 degrees Celsius. Hot stone massage techniques utilize rocks heated up in water and they need to reach the correct temperature to be used.
- Put the saucepan on the stove and turn the burner on to medium low.
- When the thermometer almost reaches 120 degrees Fahrenheit (48.89 C), remove the pan from the stove and let the stones sit in the water for around 5 minutes, to ensure they are fully heated through.
- Drain the water and check the temperature of the rocks. They should feel warm, but not too hot. When using hot stone therapy, you don't want to burn anyone.
- Dry the rocks off with a towel.
- Lay the person receiving the hot stone massage face down on a massage table or bed and cover their back with a sheet.
- Place 3 of the hot stones on their left leg. Hot stone therapy is methodical. Put 1 stone in the middle of the thigh, 1 stone in the middle of the calf and 1 stone behind the kneecap.
- Squirt a small amount of massage oil into your hand and rub the oil on their right leg. Hot stone therapy includes utilizing a stone as a massage tool.
- Rub a heated stone up and down their right leg.
- Switch the stones to their right leg, and use the same hot stone massage techniques on the left leg.
- Remove the sheet from their back and move the stones to their lower back. Cover their legs with the sheet to keep them warm.
- Use hot rocks to massage their buttocks.
- Place 1 stone on their neck and 1 stone on each shoulder. Move the rest of the stones to their spine.
- Add more massage oil as necessary. Use hot rocks to massage the upper back, neck and shoulder blades.
- Take the stones off, and have the person turn onto their back. Hot stone massage will work on both sides of the body. Cover their upper body with the sheet.
- Set 3 stones on each calf, and use hot rocks to massage along their arms and legs.
- Change the position of the sheet and stones. Move the stones off their calves and place 1 of them near the heart, 1 close to the sternum and 1 on the belly button. Use hot rocks on each shoulder, and cover their lower body with the sheet.
- Massage their chest, stomach and neck. When using hot stone therapy, rub with a circular motion around their stomach area.
- Add more oil to your palm, and massage their face and scalp with your fingers
- After you have completed their massage, you can now align each of the stones onto each of the chakras for alignment as described below, and then you can leave your client to relax and/or meditate for 10-15 minutes to some soft music.
The hot massage stones are unique, in that they can also be used to open and balance the 7 main etheric chakras of the human body.
Use the following picture as a guide on where to place the stones, with each of the specific chakra symbols matching the location on where they are placed.
Each of the chakras and associated symbols are explained below;
The Chakra Symbols and their Associated Meanings
The Crown Chakra Sahasrara, which means 1000 petalled lotus, is generally considered to be the chakra of pure consciousness, within which there is neither object nor subject. When the female kundalini Shakti energy rises to this point, it unites with the male Shiva energy, and a state of liberating samadhi is attained. Symbolized by a lotus with one thousand multi-colored petals, it is located either at the crown of the head, or above the crown of the head. Sahasrara is represented by the colour white and it involves such issues as inner wisdom and the death of the body.
In Tibetan buddhism, the point at the crown of the head is represented by a white circle, with 32 downward pointing petals. It is of primary importance in the performance of phowa, or consciousness projection after death, in order to obtain rebirth in a Pure Land. Within this chakra is contained the White drop, or Bodhicitta, which is the essence of masculine energy.
The Brow Chakra Ajna is symbolized by a lotus with two petals. It is at this point that the two side nadis Ida and Pingala are said to terminate and merge with the central channel Sushumna, signifying the end of duality. The seed syllable for this chakra is the syllable OM, and the presiding deity is Ardhanarishvara, who is a half male, half female Shiva/Shakti. The Shakti goddess of Ajna is called Hakini.
Ajna (along with Bindu), is known as the third eye chakra and is linked to the pineal gland which may inform a model of its envisioning. The pineal gland is a light sensitive gland that produces the hormone melatonin which regulates sleep and waking up. Ajna's key issues involve balancing the higher and lower selves and trusting inner guidance. Ajna's inner aspect relates to the access of intuition. Mentally, Ajna deals with visual consciousness. Emotionally, Ajna deals with clarity on an intuitive level. (Note: some believe that the pineal and pituitary glands should be exchanged in their relationship to the Crown and Brow chakras, based on the description in Arthur Avalon's book on kundalini called Serpent Power or empirical research.)
In Tibetan Buddhism, this point is actually the end of the central channel, since the central channel rises up from the sexual organ to the crown of the head, and then curves over the head and down to the third eye. While the central channel finishes here, the two side channels continue down to the two nostrils.
The Throat Chakra Vishuddha (also Vishuddhi) is depicted as a silver crescent within a white circle, with 16 light or pale blue, or turquoise petals. The seed mantra is Ham, and the residing deity is Panchavaktra shiva, with 5 heads and 4 arms, and the Shakti is Shakini.
Vishuddha may be understood as relating to communication and growth through expression. This chakra is paralleled to the thyroid, a gland that is also in the throat and which produces thyroid hormone, responsible for growth and maturation. Physically, Vishuddha governs communication, emotionally it governs independence, mentally it governs fluent thought, and spiritually, it governs a sense of security. In Tibetan buddhism, this chakra has 16 upward pointing petals. It plays an important role in Dream Yoga, the art of lucid dreaming.
The Heart Chakra Anahata, or Anahata-puri, or padma-sundara is symbolised by a circular flower with twelve green petals. (See also heartmind.) Within it is a yantra of two intersecting triangles, forming a hexagram, symbolising a union of the male and female. The seed mantra is Yam, the presiding deity is Ishana Rudra Shiva, and the Shakti is Kakini.
Anahata is related to the thymus, located in the chest. The thymus is an element of the immune system as well as being part of the endocrine system. It is the site of maturation of the T cells responsible for fending off disease and may be adversely affected by stress. Anahata is related to the colours green or pink. Key issues involving Anahata involve complex emotions, compassion, tenderness, unconditional love, equilibrium, rejection and well-being. Physically Anahata governs circulation, emotionally it governs unconditional love for the self and others, mentally it governs passion, and spiritually it governs devotion.
In Tibetan Buddhism, this centre is extremely important, as being the home of the indestructible red/white drop, which carries our consciousness to our next lives. It is described as being white, circular, with eight downward pointing petals, and the seed syllable Hum inside. During mantra recitation in the lower tantras, a flame is imagined inside of the heart, from which the mantra rings out. Within the higher tantras, this chakra is very important for realising the Clear Light.
The Solar Plexus Chakra Manipura or manipuraka is symbolized by a downward pointing triangle with ten petals. The seed syllable is Ram, and the presiding deity is Braddha Rudra, with Lakini as the Shakti.
Manipura is related to the metabolic and digestive systems. Manipura is believed to correspond to Islets of Langerhans, which are groups of cells in the pancreas, as well as the outer adrenal glands and the adrenal cortex. These play a valuable role in digestion, the conversion of food matter into energy for the body. Key issues governed by Manipura are issues of personal power, fear, anxiety, opinion-formation, introversion, and transition from simple or base emotions to complex. Physically, Manipura governs digestion, mentally it governs personal power, emotionally it governs expansiveness, and spiritually, all matters of growth.
The Sacral Chakra Swadhisthana, Svadisthana or adhishthana is symbolized by a white lotus within which is a crescent moon, with six vermillion, or orange petals. The seed mantra is Vam, and the presiding deity is Brahma, with the Shakti being Rakini (or Chakini). The animal associated is the crocodile of Varuna.
The Root Chakra Muladhara or root chakra is symbolized by a lotus with four petals and the color red. This center is located at the base of the spine in the coccygeal region. It is said to relate to the gonads and the adrenal medulla, responsible for the fight-or-flight response when survival is under threat.
Muladhara is related to instinct, security, survival and also to basic human potentiality. Physically, Muladhara governs sexuality, mentally it governs stability, emotionally it governs sensuality, and spiritually it governs a sense of security. Muladhara has a relation to the sense of smell.
This chakra is where the three main nadis separate and begin their upward movement. Dormant Kundalini rests here, wrapped three and a half times around the black Svayambhu linga, the lowest of three obstructions to her full rising (also known as knots or granthis). It is the seat of the red bindu, the female drop (which in Tibetan vajrayana is located at the navel chakra).
The seed syllable is Lam (pronounced lum), the deity is Ganesh, and the Shakti is Dakini. The associated animal is the elephant.
Note that each of the stones is 3-4 cm in diameter and approx 8 mm thick.