Friday, March 02, 2007
Rocks and endorphins
This is a little plug for the idea of heated rock massage. I went to our local Aveda Spa the other day and got one or their "Fussion Stone Massages" and I have to say there was a lot of endorphin activity involved in that experience.
Heated basalt rocks were used as massage tools along with scented oils. In theory the gentle weight of the rocks, combined with manual manipulation of muscles, helps to push toxins out of the muscles and into the lymphatic system, stimulating a detoxification process. In practice, it is a mind altering and extremely relaxing experience. The massage thereapists are gentle and strong, giving you a sense of being treated with kindness. They ask you questions which allow them to give you an individualized massage experience. They call it a sensory journey with sounds of ocean and soft piano or flute playing, the scents of plant and flowers wafting and of course the touch of the highly trained staff of massage therapists. It is indeed a tranquil world, of hard wood floors and fire light.
When I got home in my state of bliss, I put a few smooth river stones on top of the wood stove in an old, wabi-sabi bowl from Korea. Warm rocks on certain key spots on the shoulders are doing wonders for knots and the headaches that they cause.