Hot stone massage is a specialty technique that uses smooth, heated stones to relax tight muscles. The stones are often basalt, a black volcanic rock that absorbs and retains heat well. It is a deeply soothing, relaxing form of massage. The heat helps tight muscles release so the therapist may work deeper into the muscle without the client leaving sore.
The therapist uses traditional strokes of Swedish massage while holding a heated stone. As the stone cools, the therapist replaces it with another. During the treatment stones are left on certain points of the body to bring the body into a deeper relaxed state and help the flow of energy in your body. As with the other massage therapies, hot stone massage is associated with many benefits.
Benefits of this type of massage include easy relaxation of the muscles, pain reduction, and the release of toxins. It promotes overall health by improving circulation throughout the body.
People also get hot stone massage for a variety of health conditions:
- Back pain and aches
- Poor circulation
- Osteoarthritis and arthritis pain
- Stress, anxiety and tension