Geothermal Deep Stone Therapy is essentially deep tissue massage using hot and cold stones to treat and normalize tight and inflamed muscle tissue. Instead of using hands, knuckles, fingers and elbows to work deeply into the muscles and release the tensions, the stones are used to perform the same job. With a result that is 10 times as effective as hands would be.
First the tissue is warmed up and relaxed with hot stones. The area feels nicely warm and comfortable and many tensions evaporate like dew before the sun. Various techniques are used to further encourage relaxation of the muscles. Warm is after all much more pleasant than cold, so the more we can do with warmth, the better. This is generally speaking as there are specific cases where hot stones won’t provide good results or might even be a bad idea. This is one of the reasons why the therapist must go through proper training in geothermal therapy.
Once an area is warmed up, the cold is used to work on specific areas and muscles. After the heat the cold feels wonderfully refreshing. As cold is sedative, you can work much deeper and effectively. The discomfort is markedly less than it would be during normal deep tissue massage.
The stones serve as a tool which allows the therapist to work much more intensively than she possibly could with her fingers, and in a shorter time. Different shapes and sizes of the stones allows the therapist to do specific work on practically all muscle groups in the body. The cold allows the therapist to go deeply into the tissue and get to those areas where most never go.
The cold is only applied for short periods of time, only as long as it takes to draw out that excess heat in the muscles and cool the particular area down. One stroke of cold stone roughly equals ten strokes by hand, so an area is worked on less than it would be during a normal massage. More isn’t necessary. Once the cold is removed, the body sends a fresh supply of warm blood to the area, which is full of oxygen and nutrition. This speeds up and aids the body’s own healing process.
The different techniques used in Deep Stone create amazing results. The combination of hot and cold flush the system, and the deep cold massage releases those stubborn tensions in the body. The client will leave the table feeling great. He has an increased range of motion and muscles which are relaxed and normalized. There’s no pain the day after, at most only a light soreness. Deep Stone is a great massage therapy technique, which is effective and gentle at the same time.