Hot on the Rocks

Writer Heta Shah | October 28, 2013

Codner attributes the benefits to iron and small amounts of labradorite found in the basalt rocks. “Labradorite provides relief from feelings of anxiety, hopelessness and depression, and it replaces them with enthusiasm, self-confidence and inspiration. It dispels negativity and brings clear understanding by enhancing clarity of thought and improving one’s ability to cooperate with others in harmony. It is also said to give perseverance, strength and enhanced intuition when one is experiencing times of conflict and change. Furthermore, it is helpful in treating eye and brain disorders, as well as regulating metabolism and digestive processes.”

Kanruethai Roongruang, Senior Assistant Vice President and Executive Director, Spa Operations for Banyan Tree Spas & Angsana Spas, finds that guests like the potent recharge they receive after a hot and cold stone treatment. “The physiological benefits of alternating hot and cold to the body have long been scientifically and medically proven,” she says. “It produces alternately sedative and re-energising responses to the body.” In fact, the therapists at Banyan Tree Spa realised that the stress and strain to their hands, wrists and arms are virtually eliminated by the Native American technique and volcanic stone they use for the treatment. Roongruang quips, “They are able to work more efficiently for longer periods of time.”

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Needless to say, the ‘heat’ or ‘warmth’ from the stones, coupled with expert massage techniques hold the key for these treatments. However, since basalt stones retain heat much longer than other stones due to their high iron content, they are extremely effective in this type of massage. Stones are heated to 55 degrees Celsius in a specially made stone heater immersed in water, or they are warmed in a hot cabinet.

Warmed basalt stones are strategically placed on the body in an anticlockwise position with the therapist following the movement of the client’s breath
~ Sharon Codner