Salon procedures are a good opportunity to put your body in order, or just relax. Stone therapy is a procedure aimed at improving not only the appearance of the body, but also the psychological state of the client. What is the difference between «stone massage» and classical? Where is it better to perform it, in beauty salons and spas or specialized medical facilities? What is its charm and is there any danger in carrying out such a salon procedure? Various types of stone therapy as a popular salon procedure, all the pros and cons of its widespread use.
Features of the popular salon procedure
As the basis for the name of this type of therapeutic effect, its inventors took the name of the objects through which it is carried out. Various types of natural stones are used for the procedure. Stone means stone. They differ in shape, surface structure, composition, temperature, weight and size. Depending on the part of the body that is exposed and the desired result, various variations are selected. Smooth and sharp-angled, heavy and light, hot and cold.
A long time ago, people believed that stones are, in some way, animated objects, each of which has its own unique energy. In the era of the rapid development of science, it is rather difficult to believe in this statement even for a simple, unskilled person in matters of science, but in this article we will consider specific positive and negative aspects of using stone therapy for human health. The effect of this type of salon procedure is based on the practical use of stones, taking into account the data of reflexology, physiotherapy and hydrotherapy.
Stones are used for manipulations on different parts of the human body. They allow, when influencing certain points of the body, to produce a cooling or warming effect. They are very simple to use: they are easy to disinfect, they retain their original appearance for a long time. Popular stone therapy salon procedures involve the use of such types of stones as jadeite, marble, ordinary sea or basalt.
Previously, hot or cold stones were chosen separately for use, at the moment, such salon procedures are practiced using the contrasting combination of stones. Also, the use of stone therapy is carried out in combination with conventional manual or other types of massage. At the same time, the temperature of hot stones often fluctuates within — 40-50 ° C, and cold — from 10 to 0 ° C.
The advantages of this type of salon therapy as a means of treatment and prevention
Among the various types of temperature exposure, the effect of a salon procedure — stone therapy, wins in several ways.
- Using heated or cooled stones, it is possible to achieve an effect on certain parts of the human body, which will be dosed.
- This procedure does not require the use of large, expensive equipment that occupies a large area.
- The possibility of exposure to the temperature of individual parts of the body is a safer method than overheating or cooling the whole body, which is famous for its mass of contraindications and risks.
- During therapy, a complex effect on tissue areas is carried out, namely thermal, mechanical, vibrational and reflex.
This effect is achieved by kneading tissues, moving stones, the deep effect of their temperature, vibration resulting from their contact with each other, affecting the biologically active points of the body.
The effect of the salon procedure, the mechanism of action
From the point of view of medicine, stone therapy is considered as one of the varieties of thermotherapy. The human body, receiving an unusual temperature effect (excessive cold or heat), includes certain internal mechanisms in order to maintain the usual temperature, adapting to external conditions.
For example, by acting on an area requiring attention with a hot stone, redness can be seen on its surface. This is due to the body’s response to an increase in temperature and its desire to «dissipate» this heat: the vessels are dilated, blood flow is increased. Depending on the time and temperature of the stone itself, it is possible to heat up to 2 cm of flesh in depth, which allows you to work on muscles, joints and even bones.
Under prolonged exposure to hot stones, reactions such as excessive redness, sweating in the area exposed to heating, acceleration of metabolic processes, relaxation of muscle tissue, slowing of the respiratory rate and heartbeat can be observed. At the moment, people most often notice the onset of a feeling of complete relaxation, comfort and deep relaxation, the procedure reduces the excitability of the nervous system, providing a general relaxing effect. That is why the effect of stone therapy salon procedures is aimed at relaxation and appeasement.
The procedure based on the use of cold stones also has its advantages. Its essence lies in the fact that the tissues of the body are first cooled and then heated, providing even more (secondary) blood flow to problem areas. Even the most popular salon procedures require deliberation and compliance with all precautions. That is why the main rule of stone therapy is a highly qualified approach, since prolonged exposure to cold stones on body tissues can lead to venous stasis, which means that this procedure cannot be carried out independently at home.
Brief, correctly performed manipulations with a change in temperature exposure can increase the metabolic rate, stimulate the sympathetic nervous system, normalize the work of blood vessels, and reduce sweating. A slightly longer exposure to large areas of the body contributes to the breakdown of body fat. With the help of stone therapy, you can fight swelling and pain, reduce spasm and inflammation, normalize the state of the autonomic nervous system, promote weight loss and improve thermoregulation in general.
Indications for the use of stone therapy
The scope of stone therapy affects various problems of treatment and prevention of diseases of the human body. This procedure successfully fights various muscle pains of almost any localization, and also helps in solving such problems as a slowdown in metabolism, excess weight, sleep disturbances, various depressions, post-traumatic complications, migraines, some diseases of the reproductive system, as well as other internal organs.
Pregnancy and other contraindications for stone therapy
There are also many contraindications to this salon procedure, namely, the period of pregnancy, the presence of diseases of the endocrine system, mental illness, the presence of benign and malignant formations, the period of exacerbation of chronic and severe course of other diseases.
Necessary rules for conducting
In order for the salon procedures of stone therapy to produce the best effect, you should follow some important rules for its implementation.
- During the massage, only large muscles should be selected for the location of the stones;
- Moving the stones along the body is not enough of their usual sliding, during the movement one should apply force, exerting pressure on the surface of the stones;
- Stones must be turned over at regular intervals;
- Before applying cold stones, the patient must be warned by offering to exhale;
- The duration of stay of cold stones in the same area should be minimal, the room should be thoroughly warmed before using this procedure.
The effect of salon procedures directly depends on the qualifications of the master himself. Therefore, despite the wide offer of this procedure in beauty salons, if the purpose of its implementation is to eliminate health problems, then it is necessary to contact a highly qualified stone therapist who works in a certified medical facility.