Hot stone massage is a specialty massage that uses smooth, heated stones. They are often basalt, a black volcanic rock that absorbs and retains heat well, but they can be other types. The heat is both deeply relaxing and helps tight muscles release. The stones are sanitized and heated in 120 to 150 degree water. Before the stones are applied, the therapist uses Swedish massage to warm up the body and then using a heated stone will massage you switching to another stone when that one cools. The therapist might also leave heated stones in specific points along your spine, in the palms of your hand, on your belly, or even between your toes to improve the flow of energy in your body.
Benefits of Therapeutic Hot Stone Massage
- Promotes deep muscle and tissue relaxation
- Alleviates stress
- Releases toxins
- Relieves pain
- Improves circulation
- calms the psyche
Health Conditions Treated with Hot Stone Massage
- Muscular aches and pains
- Back pain
- Stress, Anxiety
- Circulatory problems
*Hot stones warmed by the fire were used by Native Americans to feel better, but Mary Nelson a native of Tucson, Arizona, is generally credited with its revival. She trademarked her style, called LaStone Therapy. For additional information on hot stone massage, please ask one of our massage therapists.