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Hot Stone Massage Therapy

This treatment is a combination of traditional hot stone therapy and Swedish massage and is incredibly relaxing. Smooth stones are warmed in a water bath and used in the therapistís hands to move and massage the body. The stones are also strategically placed along the body to release tension and stress. Hot Stone Massage increases circulation, decreases stiffness and tension, and treats sore, aching muscles.

Hot stone massage involves the placement of smooth, hot stones on specific points of the body to warm the tissue, allowing the therapist to work deeper with less pressure, therefore limiting the pain. It also helps to improve circulation and reduce muscle stiffness resulting in pain reduction and increased relaxation.


Fast facts

  1. Hot stone massage is a popular complementary therapy for many conditions.
  2. During a hot stone massage, smooth, flat, heated stones are placed on specific parts of your body.
  3. To prevent burns, there should always be a barrier between hot massage stones and your skin.

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 type of volcanic rock that retains heat, usually heated to between 130 and 145 degrees.

The stones may be placed:

  • along your spine
  • on your stomach
  • on your chest
  • on your face
  • on your palms
  • on your feet and toes

Massage therapists may hold heated stones as they massage your body using Swedish massage techniques such as:

  • long strokes
  • circular movements
  • vibration
  • tapping
  • kneading

Sometimes, cold stones are also used during a hot stone massage. Cold stones may be used after hot stones to calm any engorged blood vessels and to soothe the skin.

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