These preparatory techniques help to ease the body into a relaxed state before beginning any deeper tissue work. Drawing inspiration from table shiatsu the deep compression work can be done over the drape to stimulate meridian channels. Holding acupressure points helps to calm and tap in to the parasympathetic nervous system where the body can begin its own healing processes.
Stones are used to efficiently warm the muscle tissues as well as for their relaxing effect. Again, anything that helps the client to relax first will make for deeper and more effective bodywork. The stones can also be used therapeutically to treat stubborn Trigger points as well as for Cryotherapy (cold) in treating acute injuries where there may be swelling.