Hot Stone Massage is a Therapeutic Massage using water-heated stones placed strategically on key points on the body, in lieu of, or in addition to, the therapist’s hands. People often describe Hot Stone Massage as comforting and deeply relaxing. Hot Stone Massage may help:
Hot Stone Massage Therapy promotes healing by targeting the deeper layers of muscle through the use of heated stones. Combined with regular Massage, this treatment delivers a wealth of benefits, including:
There are many variations in hot stone techniques, including recruitment of the stones for stimulation or relaxation of the body’s Meridians, Chakras, Lymphatic System, Central Nervous System, and Muscular System.
Regardless of these different uses, specific geological properties are desired in each rock when being used for hot stone massage. (Institute for Integrative Healthcare, NY)
A Hot Stone Massage is a type of Massage Therapy that is used to relax and ease tense muscles and damaged soft tissues throughout your body. During a Hot Stone Massage, smooth, flat, heated stones are placed on specific parts of your body. The stones are usually made of basalt, a volcanic rock that retains heat. The hot stones are heated to between one hundred thirty and one hundred forty-five degrees. (Royal Canadian College of Massage Therapy)
Hot and Cold Stone Massage is a geothermal hydrotherapy technique using stones heated by water. The basalt stones are dark volcanic rock with high levels of iron, and are able to absorb and retain heat. Selected for their smoothness, they are obtained from the rushing waters of riverbeds. The iron in the stones grounds the body.
The stones held in the palm of the hand are used for massaging the body’s tissues, or placed on the body’s energy centers, the stones may be used to improve circulation and to calm the nervous system. Cold stones are often used to reduce the inflammation and refresh and tone the heated tissues. The use of hot stones for healing dates back to ancient times. (Massage Canada)
Hot Stone Massage is a type of massage therapy that involves the use of smooth, heated stones (typically smooth basalt river rocks). The Massage Therapist places the hot stones on specific points on your body and may also hold the stones while giving the massage.
The localized heat and weight of the stones warm and relax muscles, allowing the Massage Therapist to apply deeper pressure to those areas without causing discomfort.