Hot Stone Massage

Varied from a classic massage therapy, hot stone massage makes use of heated smooth, flat stones in the massage therapy. The therapist might also choose to hold the heated stones to massage certain pressure points or body parts.

The stones which are used for the therapy are usually made of basalt. The reason why basalt stones are used in massage is due to its rich iron element which retains heat for long. River stones are also used because they are smoothed over the time by the river current.

Why are hot stones used for massage?

The stones are heated in an electrical heating unit that either provides a temperature reading or has an adjustable thermostat control. The most important factor in hot stone massage is the heat that the stone transmits to the body, healing it and relieving you from pain. Slight pressure applied by the therapist additional to the heat of the stones, warms and relaxes the muscles. The warmth of the stones also improves the circulation and therefore calms the nervous system. Your therapist might use the stones to place it at points that are known to be the energy centers of the body to balance your body and mind.

The heated stones are never rough, but smooth and flat. Your therapist will be extremely careful not to burn your skin because of the heat. He/she will hold the stones in hands before touching it on your body. But still if you are not comfortable with the heat or you think that the heat is not sufficient, inform your therapist about it. However, at times cool marble stones are used for certain problems like inflammation.

Hot stone massage therapy is sought by people you have:

  • Cold feet
  • Muscle tension
  • Back pain and aches
  • Poor circulation
  • Osteoarthritis and arthritis pain
  • Stress, anxiety and tension
  • Insomnia
  • Depression

Procedure followed during a Hot Stone Massage:

The procedure for Hot Stone Massage includes applying oil on your body so that the stones glide smoothly along the muscles. Hot stones might be kept on your back, palms or between your toes. After the stones have relaxed the muscles, your therapist may keep aside the stones and use his or her hands to directly massage the skin. Then the stones will be placed back on your body and left for a short period time.

Hot Stone massage is highly affective for pain relief. But it is not prescribed for situations where you have an inflammation, infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds; if you have had a recent surgery, chemotherapy or radiation; and if you are pregnant.