September 3, 2012

Hot Stone Massage

    Hot stone massage is a wonderfully relaxing specialty massage using smooth, heated basalt stones.  Basalt is a type of ancient volcanic rock that absorbs and retains heat especially well.  Hot stones may be placed on various points on the body, including along the spine, in the palms of the hands, on chest and abdomen, on the face and between the toes.  The heated stones encourage deeper relaxation of the muscles, as well as the mind and spirit. Massage cream or oil is used in conjunction with a warm stone to apply some traditional Swedish massage strokes.  Of course, the therapists fingers, hands, forearms and elbows are used, as well.

Hot Stone Massage

Stones of various shapes and sizes are used.  The stones are heated in water, and moist heat is the most effective for warming and relaxing the muscles quickly.  This allows for deeper muscle work more quickly within the time-frame of the massage. The amount of heat and pressure used will depend on your preferences.  The heated stones will be tested and approved by you before application to the body.  Recommended temperatures run from 110 degrees Fahrenheit to 130 degrees Fahrenheit Usually 120-125 is comfortable for most people, and the warmer the stone, the longer it will hold the heat.  By the same token, the longer the stone has been warming, the longer it will hold the heat, so scheduling a hot stone massage later in the day may be of some added benefit.

Hot Stones

Benefits of a Hot Stone Massage
    A hot stone massage provides all of the benefits of Swedish massage. An additional advantage is the sense of deep connection with nature and the earth through the touch of the hot stones.  This soothing touch and the relaxing heat also add the benefit of deeper work made possible by the heat.  The hot stone experience releases tensions, warms the body and soothes away stress.




Tanzania, officially the United Republic of Tanzania (/ˌtænzəˈnə/ SwahiliJamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania), is a country in East Africa bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north, RwandaBurundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west, and ZambiaMalawi, and Mozambique to the south. The country's eastern border lies on the Indian Ocean.
The country is divided into 26 regions, 5 on the semi-autonomous islands of Zanzibar, and 21 on the mainland in the formerTanganyika. The head of state is President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, elected in 2005. Since 1996, the official capital of Tanzania has been Dodoma, where Parliament and some government offices are located. Between independence and 1996, the main coastal city of Dar es Salaam served as the country's political capital. Today, Dar es Salaam remains the principal commercial city of Tanzania and the de facto seat of most government institutions. It is the major seaport for the country and its landlocked neighbours.
The name Tanzania derives from the names of the two states, Tanganyika and Zanzibar, that united in 1964 to form the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar, which later the same year was renamed the United Republic of Tanzania. 

Thousands of zebra and wildebeest cross the Mara river during the annual migration between Tanzania and Kenya. The annual migration sees over a million wild animals move from one country to the other, spanning the Maasai Mara National Reserve.

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