Hot stones application: Short term hot (less than 5 minutes)
  • Increase blood flow by vasodilatation which increases red and white blood cell motility
  • Activates sympathetic nervous system
  • Peripheral blood vessels dilate
  • Internal blood vessels constrict
  • Blood is brought away from the core of the body towards the skins periphery
  • Hyperemia occurs
  • Muscles relax
  • Decrease in cardiac activity
  • Basal metabolic rate and thyroid function are decreased
Long term hot (more than 5 minutes)
  • Parasympathetic Nervous System is activated
  • Metabolic rate increases
  • Hyperemia occurs bringing fresh nutrition
  • Vasoconstriction
  • Breathing slows
  • Sedates nerves and is a temporary analgesic
  • Sweating occurs
  • Soften and relax muscles for deeper penetration during massage
  • Chakras: dilates inducing feelings of well-being and nurturing allowing for easier and faster emotional release
  • Has sedative effect on nervous system
  • Lowers blood pressure by increasing heart rate, BUT decreasing force
  • Stones placed over the chest will cause an increase in respiration and promote expiration
  • Stones placed over the stomach or Solar Plexus are post meal slow digestion be decreasing gastric secretion. Pre meal would increase gastric secretions thereby speeding digestion
  • Stones placed over intestine/pelvis region would decrease peristalsis
  • Restore healthy body tone by increasing blood flow which brings fresh nutrients to the cells of the body
Cold stone application: Short term cold (less than 5 minutes)
  • Thermo receptors in the skin are stimulated
  • The Sympathetic Nervous System is stimulated
  • Breathing rate quickens increasing oxygen to the body
  • The coronary vessels dilate and the heart rate increases
  • The peripheral vessels of the skin constrict in an attempt to stop the loss of heat through the skin
  • The bladder and renal blood vessels constrict
  • Peristaltic movement, digestion, and all function of the digestive tract are decreased
  • Basal metabolic rate and thyroid function are increased
  • There is an analgesic effect
  • By maintaining homeostasis, there is an increase in cellular metabolism in the entire body
  • Increase the range of motion and elasticity in the muscles, and reduce inflammation
  • Stimulates the central nervous system
  • Increases respiration rate
  • Applied over the sternum, it can increase frequency of urination (reflex point)
  • Applied to the hands and feet can affect the contraction of muscles in the bowels and bladder (reflex point)
Long term cold (more than 5 minutes)
  • The Parasympathetic Nervous System kicks in
  • Metabolic rate increase
  • Blood flow leaves the internal organs
  • There is an increase in the temperature of the skin as a direct result of the hyperemia created in the periphery
  • This new blood brings nutrients to the area
  • There is a removal of waste products relieving internal congestion
  • Respiration slows and deepens increasing the oxygen supply, thus invreasing carbon dioxide elimination
  • The bladder and renal blood vessels dilate
  • Peristaltic movement, digestion, and all functions of the digestive tract are increased
  • Increase muscle tone and range of motion
  • Stimulates muscles and nervous system
  • Applied to the hands can cause contraction of vessels in the brain
  • On blocked chakras cold can help to clear blockages; however, it brings about slower emotional releases
  • Applied to the hands or the back of the neck can lessen nosebleeds
  • Over the abdomen causes increase intestinal blood flow, increased intestinal motility and increased acid secretion in the stomach, thus promoting better digestion
  • Slows the heart rate
  • Applied to the sacrum cold dilates blood vessels increases menses and reducing pain
Contraindications
  • Any conditions where massage is contraindicated
  • Anyone an a weakened or debilitated state prior to the treatment
  • Any and all autoimmune dysfunctions or immunosuppressed ( Chronic fatigue syndrome, Epstein Barr syndrome, Cancer, Aids, Lupus, Fibromyalgia)- referral from your physician strongly recommended
  • Any condition where the brain and nervous system are challenged
  • Anyone on prescription medications that may have side effects due to the heat or alternating temperature challenges
  • Anyone who is elderly and or has thin skin
  • Anyone who is a young child
  • Anyone who has heart disease or problems
  • Anyone who is pregnant
  • Anyone who has had recently surgeries
  • Any disease where there is nerve damage or neuropathy
  • Anyone who seems energetically blocked or stagnant should moderate the temperature first