A hot stone massage is a type of massage therapy that involves the use of smooth, heated stones to relax and massage the body. The stones used in the massage are typically made of basalt, a type of volcanic rock that retains heat well.
During a hot stone massage, the therapist first heats the stones in water to a specific temperature, usually between 120 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit (49 to 60 degrees Celsius). The therapist then places the heated stones on specific points on the body, such as the back, hands, legs, or abdomen. They may also hold the stones and use them to apply gentle pressure and perform massage strokes.
The heat from the stones helps to warm and relax the muscles, allowing the therapist to apply deeper pressure without causing discomfort. The stones may also be used to create a soothing and calming sensation on the skin. The combination of heat and massage promotes relaxation, improves circulation, and helps to alleviate muscle tension and stiffness.
Hot stone massage is often used for its therapeutic benefits, including relieving muscle pain, reducing stress and anxiety, improving sleep, and increasing overall relaxation. It can be a particularly enjoyable and rejuvenating experience for those who prefer a warmer and more soothing massage treatment.