Hot Stone Massage
The use of the hot stones makes this style unique.
Typically made of basalt, the iron-rich stones retain heat. River rocks are typically used because they have become smooth over time from the river's current.
The localized heat warms and relax the muscles, allowing the massage therapist to apply deeper pressure.
While many therapists use anatomy to guide the placement of the stones, some massage therapists will also place stones on points thought to energetically balance the mind and body.
The Benefits of Hot Stone Massage
Some people find the warmth of the hot stones to be comforting and deeply relaxing.
Hot stone massage is suited to people who tend to feel chilly. It's also suited for people who have muscle tension but prefer a lighter massage. The heat relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist work the muscles using lighter pressure.
Although there's a lack of research on the benefits of hot stone massage, the therapy is often used for the same conditions as a classic massage: