Posted by Ron Jean on 6/26/2013
Stone Massage and Mineral
The use of rocks,
minerals, and crystals in beauty treatments is an ancient practice. Various
crystals reflect light and have been given mystical meanings. Gems and
semiprecious minerals have their own meanings in every culture of the world and
are claimed to have “ Therapeutic” properties . Although many of the claimed
intangible properties of minerals are difficult to substantiate, there is an
astounding amount of evidence supporting the chemical and physical properties
of minerals in their support of bodily functions and life systems.
the most widely available source of disolved minerals suitable to life forms is
Sea Water. The composition of this “Bio Brine” is so close to bodily fluids and
interstitial liquids that modern research is examining the role of each of its
constituents on human well being.
The Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in the United States
has already set RDA ( Recommended Dietary Allowances) for at least 6 key
minerals for maintaining health. Minerals are essential parts of enzymes and
participate actively in the regulation of many physiological functions of the
body. Minerals can also be used as major structural components ( bones) or even
as carriers of oxygen in the blood ( Iron in hemoglobin). In Crustaceans like
lobsters, the oxygen carrier is copper rather than iron, that is why a lobster
has a bluish tinge to its blood rather than the normal red color we are used
Let us back track
a bit and look at rocks and minerals that are used in the Spa industry by
therapists solely for their physical properties. Then we will delve into the
chemical properties later.
Stone massage is
a common contemporary treatment offered by therapists. Most often the stone is
a basalt (black Igneous Rock) . The
rocks are often rounded , ovoid , or somewhat flat. They can be small ( placed between toes)
large, ( placed on the abdomen and chest or placed to be lied on) or medium (
most often used as a substitute to hands in massage). Frequently, the stones are warmed for
improved customer comfort. The prime
purpose of this technique is for relaxation.
This use of stones or minerals is neither new nor unique. Coarse stones
are often used for their friction and exfoliating properties, fine gemstone disks
are used in Asia for a contrasting smooth and
sharp massage technique. Stones are also used in the bottom of walking water
troughs to stimulate foot reflex zones. Because of the random shape of the
stones, consistent and precise massage is difficult to administer.
therapy is a current marketing trend whose purpose is primarily for relaxation
and to provide an alternative treatment to Manual massage.
“Sabai ” by
created shaped mineral massage implements made of Black Granite. Each of four shapes has its use, technique and application that permits you to 2 or 4 handed massage with consistency and reproducible effect. They heat up faster, stay warm or cool longer, they can be disinfected because unlike basalt, they are non porous. The therapist can use them as an extension and complement to their hands to provide an experience not achievable by hands alone.
The use of black granite gives the stone its particular
friction. The particle size of the granite assure its smoothness, permeability and heat or cold retention. Rods are rolled, rod ends are used in pointed
pressure, half moons are rocked, edges provide precise control. A complete massage technique with these tools
is presented and offered by Pevonia.
But this covers
only the wonderful physical properties of stone massage. There is more...
With such wonderful minerals available in nature, Pevonia has added the physiological benefits of minerals in addition to the Physical properties mentioned above.
How does the body
absorb and assimilate minerals? In order
for minerals to be absorbed, they must be of very fine particulate size. ( a
few nanometers in size) or dissolved. Then the body must selectively choose a
mineral and process it in a form that can be absorbed and used. Co-ordinated
compounds are secondary ( higher level) compounds where a mineral atom is
surrounded by a chain of elements. This chain is then capable of being absorbed
by the skin or in the body and render the central mineral for use. Such a process
is called Chelation. Chelated minerals and metals are absorbed and assimilated
10 times faster than pure minerals. Chelated vitamins are readily available in
health food stores for human consumption, as is Chelated Iron in grass fertilizers. If the minerals could be dissolved or
converted into a useable form that is readily absorbed by the skin, then we
would have true mineral therapy. Pevonia has created just that.
and development has added a new dimention to traditional stone therapy: Lithotherapy
or Mineral therapy.
been micronized , chelated and incorporated in a
Hazelnut oil base. These oils are then applied to the skin which readily
absorbs them along with the selected minerals. The products are assimilated by
the skin and the process is reinforced by the process and Use of Pevonia’s
stone massage tools and techniques.
Look at these two Minerals: Copper and Zinc
Two of the body’s
essential elements are presented in Pevonia’s
( in the form of Anhydrous Copper Carbonate – Malachite)
(in the form of Anhydrous Zinc Carbonate – Smithsonite)
introduces an extention to the regular stone massage by presenting therapists
with true and complete Lithotherapy -
Mineral Therapy, Tools, and Technique.
We call this :
Sabai from the Thai
expression for Well Being.
Together with these shaped and sculpted implements, minerals, unique techniques and temperatures, Pevonia added the dimension of aromatherapy by including your choice of Lavender, Neroli ( orange blossom), or Rosemary to this treatment. Pure indulgence, Pure heaven
Ask your Spa and insist to have a Sabai experience today