Known to the Chinese as the "Stone of Heaven", jade has always been a prized gemstone in many parts of the world. In Chinese culture, Jade has been known to relax the nervous system, and aid in the removal of toxins. Jade has also been known as a health, wealth, longevity and prosperity stone. It has been used by the African Egyptians and Mayans as a massage and meditation tool for over 5000 years.
Two types of Jade exist - Nephrite and Jadeite. Jadeite is the gemstone used in Jewellery and is located naturally in Burma. Nephrite is the type of Jade used in massage, and is found naturally in many countries including Canada. Annually Canada exports over 100 tonnes of Jade to China! Jade is mined, cut, shaped and polished. It can often take an artist close to 8 hours to shape and polish one jade stone for massage. Jade stones are non-porous and do not harbour bacteria.
A Jade Stone Massage incorporates heated and cooled Jade Stones that are placed on or under the body, as well as used directly for massage. Jade Stone massage combines the benefits of hydrotherapy and thermotherapy. While placing and massaging heated stones, the therapist can work deep into the muscle tissue encouraging a greater release of muscle tension and pain, without discomfort to the client. One stroke of a heated stone is equivalent to seven strokes of a hand. Massage provides relief to stiff and sore muscles, resulting in the alleviation of common chronic and acute problems. Chilled stones are 80 times more powerful than heated stones and clients can feel the effects for up to 3 days!! The combination therapy of cold and hot acts like a vascular flush!! Jade is believed to heal stressed organs and discharge toxins. It slows the process of cell aging and strengthens the body' natural defenses and healing power.
The grounding properties of the stones and heat can bring neurological sedation and deep relaxation. When the hot and cool stones are used alternatively, the changing temperatures bring a greater flushing of the areas being worked, as well as the organs and internal tissues due to blood being rushed into these areas as the body and mind work to return the internal body temperature back to normal temperature. Alternating temperatures with Jade Stones and massage can:
-Provide treatment similar to hydrotherapy
-Balance the body
-Strengthen the heart
-Flush internal organs and systems
-Overall Vitality improves
-Assists in improving sleep and overall sense of well being
Contraindications to Jade Stone Massage include:
-Cardiac patients or any issues with circulation and veins
-Medications where there are side effects to temperature
-Diabetes or any neurological loss of sensation
-Dysfunction of the nervous system
-Any form of infection, disease or fever
-Any acute skin condition
-Depressed immune system
-Any condition where massage is contraindicated
-Hot for varicose veins
-Any concern a client must consult a physician
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