Hot Stone Massage uses heated smooth, flat stones placed on key points on the body. The massage therapist will also hold the stones and use them to massage certain areas of the body. The stones are placed at specific points on the back and in the palms of the hands. The heat warms and relaxes the muscles, which allows the therapist to apply deeper pressure, if desired. The warmth of the hot stones improves circulation and calms the nervous system
The massage therapist begins by applying oil to the body, which allows the hot stones to glide smoothly along the muscles. You are lying face down, and the massage therapist then uses the hot stones to massage the back. After the hot stones have relaxed the muscles, the massage therapist may put down the stones and use his or her hands to directly massage the skin. The hot stones will then be placed back on to the body and left for a short period of time. You are then asked to turn over onto your back. The massage therapist places hot stones in the palm of your hand and repeats the sequence.
Many people find the warmth of the hot stones to be comforting and get it for relaxation. Hot stone massage is suited to people who tend to feel chilly or who have cold feet. It's also suited for people who have muscle tension but prefer a lighter massage. The heat relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist to work the muscles without using deep pressure. People also get hot stone massage for a variety of health conditions: Back pain and aches Poor circulation Osteoarthritis and arthritis pain Stress, anxiety and tension Insomnia Depression