Hot Stone Massage

The main difference between a hot stone massage and a regular massage is that the focal point of a hot stone massage is the use of stones to apply pressure during the massage therapy session to promote relaxation

A hot stone massage is a type of massage therapy. It’s used to help you 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 type of volcanic rock that retains heat. 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.


    Here are some advantages of getting a hot stone massage:
    • Helps relieve muscle tension and pain. Heat has long been used to ease muscle tension and pain. …
    • Reduces stress and anxiety. …
    • Promotes sleep. …
    • May help relieve symptoms of autoimmune diseases. …
    • May help decrease cancer symptoms. …
    • May boost immunity.
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