A stone massage also known as a ‘Thermal Stone’ is a massage that uses smooth, flat, and heated stones placed at key points on the body. The therapist may also hold the stones and use them to massage certain areas of the body to create a deep, relaxing and healing treatment. The stones are immersed in water and heated in an electric heater until they are within a certain temperature range. Therefore it combines the benefits of hydrotherapy and thermotherapy.
The placement of the stones is usually at specific points on the back, in the palms of the hand, or between the toes but may vary depending on the client’s condition. The heat of the stones warm and relax 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.
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.