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Hot Stone Massage 

What is Hot Stone Massage:

A Hot Stone Massage is a form of alternative medicine massage therapy and bodywork involving placing several either heated or cooled stones to the body for pain relief, relaxation, and treatment. 


What’s the Difference Between a Hot Stone Massage and a Regular Massage?

Stones can be used alone or added to other types of massage for additional benefits. Massage therapists can hold them as they massage the body using traditional techniques, including kneading, long strokes, and vibration.

Hot Stones Massage

How Does Hot Stone Massage Work?

Hot stones harness the power of heat to induce relaxation. Stones warmed to the proper heat on specific body parts where they illicit calm and loosen up muscles for subsequent bodywork. Heat enhances circulation and improves the quality of treatment. Locations include focal points in areas where clients feel discomfort. 


For someone with lower back pain, I might place a row of stones along the spine from the base of the neck to the top of the pelvis. I also may use stones on the tops and soles of feet to enhance energy flow. On the forehead, stones can relieve headaches. Other common spots include the abdomen, chest, face, and palms.

What Happens During a Hot Stone Massage?

A hot stone massage is a type of massage therapy. It’s used to help you relax and ease tense muscles and damaged soft tissues throughout your body. 

During a hot stone massage, smooth, flat, heated stones are placed on specific body parts.

The stones may be placed:

  • along your spine

  • on your stomach

  • on your chest

  • on your face

  • on your palms

  • on your feet and toes


Heated Stones Using Swedish Massage Techniques

During a hot stone massage I will use techniques such as:

  • long strokes

  • circular movements

  • vibration

  • tapping

  • kneading

Five Benefits of Hot Stone Massage

In addition to deep relaxation, there are many benefits to having a hot stone massage. They include:


Pain Relief

Hot stone massage has been associated with symptom relief in people with various conditions, such as fibromyalgia and other autoimmune disorders. Hot Stone Massage has been linked to moderate massage techniques that lessen pain and improve range of motion.

Stress Relief

Massage is an effective method for stress relief. Several studies have shown that massage reduces stress and anxiety and improves cardiovascular health.


Increased Joint Flexibility

Muscle tension can make it difficult and more painful to move the joints. Massage helps relax muscles, making it easier and more comfortable for someone to move. People with certain joint disorders may benefit particularly from hot stone massage.


Decreased Muscle Spasms and Tension

Muscles that are tense and in spasm can cause a lot of pain and interfere with daily life. Reducing the inflammation and tension in the skeletal muscles eases muscle spasms and pain. As previously said, massage and hot stones can promote the relaxation of the muscles and joints in the body to reduce pain and spasms.


Better Sleep

Many people do not sleep well. Stress, insomnia, and busy schedules mean they get much less than the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep each night.

The Bottom Line

Studies show that a hot stone massage may be a helpful way to reduce stress and anxiety, promote relaxation, and ease pain and muscle tension. It may be beneficial for a variety of conditions and circumstances. 


It may have a lot to do with a human touch. For many people, touch offers a sense of connection and security. 


To make sure you have a positive hot stone massage experience, only use a massage therapist trained to work with hot stones. 


You may feel sore during your massage or the day after, which may be due to deep tissue manipulation and pressure, and you shouldn’t feel pain. If you are uncomfortable or experience pain during your massage, let me know immediately.

Hot Stones Massage
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