Hot stones massage
Hot stones massage is a natural therapy that allows your massage therapist to manipulate your deep tissues effectively and gently.
The stones used are typically river rocks or other very smooth-surfaced stones. Basalt stones are commonly used, because their high iron content helps retain heat during your massage.
Before your massage begins, the stones are heated in an air heater, and your therapist carefully checks the surface temperature to ensure your comfort throughout. The stones are then gently placed at various points on your body, most commonly across your back (but sometimes in the palms of your hands or between your toes).
The heat from the stones helps your muscles relax, allowing your therapist to more effectively massage your deep tissues to help relieve the pain often caused by tense muscles, stiff joints or injuries.
Your therapist will allow the hot stones to rest on various trigger points in your body before beginning the actual massage. This is a real benefit, because as the heat penetrates your tissues, your blood vessels open up resulting in improved circulation. This increased circulation delivers more oxygen to your muscles, which can help to ease your aches and pains.
Typical therapy times: 30, 45, 60 or 90 minutes