A creative twist on traditional massage therapy, hot stone massages are used to target stress points even further. The massage therapist incorporates flat heated stones onto the individual’s body resulting in muscle tension relief. The therapists may also hold the stones in place to massage particular body parts.
Previously an ancient technique, hot stone therapy is continuously integrated in spas and massage parlors to this day. Formerly introduced by Mary Nelson, she called her first hot stone massage “La Stone Therapy” and thus a trend was born. Other technicians have created their own variations and techniques derived from the traditional hot stone massage practice.
Typically, the stones that are used for this massage therapy are made out of basalt, a rock containing iron so it retains more heat. River rocks are also used due to their overtime smoothness from the river rapids. The stones are then placed in water and electronically heated until they meet a certain temperature. The main points on the body the stones are placed on are the palms, back, or between the toes. The use of the heated stones is to improve circulation throughout the body and alleviate muscle tension.
People with any of the following conditions should consider investing in a hot stone massage:
- Back Pain
- Poor circulation
- Muscle tension
Many people select this massage as it provides comfort and tranquility. The smooth and heated stones create a relaxed environment for the individual. As preparation, the massage therapist will oil the chosen body parts to hot stone so they will more freely glide over the skin.