Immediate benefits of massage include relaxation and calmness. This occurs because massage prompts the release of endorphins which produce feelings of wellbeing. Stress hormones are also reduced. Studies indicate that high levels of stress hormones impair the immune system.
Physical benefits include: reduced muscle tension, improved circulation, stimulation of the lymphatic system, reduction of stress hormones, relaxation, increased joint mobility and flexibility, improved skin tone, improved recovery of soft tissue injuries, heightened mental alertness, reduced anxiety and depression.
The use of Stone therapy has been dated back to ancient civilisations as a form of healing and therapy. Native American, Hawaiian and many South Pacific nations practiced similar methods of ritual and technique to provide physical and spiritual ease. Traditional Hawaiian massage involves the use of warmed Lomi stones in order to increase areas of blood flow in the body and provide a healing. Similar practices in China have also dated back 2000 years involving the use of heated stones to stimulate improved internal organ function.