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June 2007

Experience the Depth of an Ayurvedic Hot Stone Massage

The Ultimate Ayurvedic Spa Experience

Have you experienced an Ayurvedic Hot Stone (aka sacred stone) Massage yet? If you haven’t, then you owe yourself this exquisite therapy that will provide you with a sense of tranquility and comfort while re-connecting you with nature. It is a deeply healing and enjoyable treat!

This popular form of massage finds its roots in the ancient science of Ayurveda, and is known as Shila Abhyanga (which basically means "stone massage"). It constitutes a form of swedana, or thermotherapy used to help the Ayurvedic herbal oils penetrate deeply into all your tissues. The rishis (seers) of ancient India used natural tools such as these and integrated them into their herbal therapies to promote healing and longevity.

What Is Ayurvedic Hot Stone Massage?

Ayurvedic Hot Stone Massage involves the use of herbal Ayurvedic oils and water-heated basalt stones of varying sizes to give a slow, deep tissue massage, especially to areas that tend to accumulate tension and stagnation of blood, such as the back, neck and shoulders. The hot stones promote the absorption of oils into the tissues, creating a sensation of comfort and warmth, while the direct heat relaxes muscles and reduces vata dosha, allowing a greater intensity and depth than with a regular massage.

The use of oil and heat is very common in Ayurvedic therapies, precisely because heat promotes the absorption of the oils into the tissues, thus becoming a vehicle to the herbal healing properties and qualities infused in the oils. Plus, the warm stones expand the blood vessels and push blood and unwanted waste products through the body. This has a sedative effect on the nervous system, which promotes healing in and of itself, and it also has a rejuvenating effect on the whole body as it facilitates the cleansing of all systems, particularly the lymphatic system.

Each natural stone radiates heat at various intensities and has a unique textural component that gives it its particular therapeutic qualities, so to speak. In other words, each stone becomes a specific tool because of its shape, texture, and heat absorption. This is why Ayurveda recommends using only naturally tumbled stones, and not those tumbled with machines, which are very popular in spas nowadays.

What Makes Our Ayurvedic Hot Stone Massage Unique?

We have integrated some of the specialized strokes of our Abhyanga (Ayurvedic warm oil massage) to help promote further cleansing and rejuvenation, while stimulating vital energy points (marmas), and have added the use of essential oils to address more specific issues. We utilize the knowledge of Ayurveda to choose the herbal oils most appropriate for you, according to your individual constitution and needs, also taking into consideration health concerns and seasonal changes. We cater our Ayurvedic Hot Stone Massage to fit your body type and your needs, according to the principles of Ayurveda. More than just a spa therapy, our Ayurvedic Hot Stone Massage is a profound and holistic healing treatment to restore balance and well being.

The specialized strokes of our Shila Abhyanga are aimed at stimulating vital marmas (vital energy points) to release energy blocks, while creating a state of deep relaxation and comfort, facilitating blood circulation, and helping remove waste products. The Ayurvedic herbal and essential oils we use help you further cleanse and rejuvenate, while balancing all doshas in the body and nourishing all organs and systems, thus promoting longevity.

We have created a Sacred Bliss Day Spa Package including Shila Abhyanga followed by Shirodhara (Bliss Therapy) for the ultimate relaxation and nourishment of the nervous system to promote overall balance. Quite a rejuvenating and holistic treat!

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Ayurvedic Hot Stone Massage at Blue Lotus Ayurveda

Benefits of Shila Abhyanga
(Ayurvedic Hot Stone Massage)

  • Reduces tension
  • Softens the tissues
  • Calms the central nervous system
  • Increases general circulation and vitality
  • Promotes healthy eimination
  • Grounds the body by reducing vata dosha
  • Gently exfoliates the skin
  • Enhances liver function
  • Reduces muscular aches, pains, sprains, and strains
  • Improves rheumatic and arthritic conditions
  • Helps with disorders such as fibromyalgia, MS, insomnia, depression and more


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