Hot stone massage is a derivative of Swedish massage that uses hot stones along the body. The stones are usually made of basalt, a type of volcanic rock, and are usually heated to 145 degrees Fahrenheit. These stones can be placed in many places along the body, but is the most prominent.
- The spine
- The chest
- The face
- The stomach
- The hands / palms
- The feet / toes
Similar to classic Swedish massage, the practitioner uses kneading, long strokes, circular motions, vibrations, and tapping during the massage to stimulate the muscles and release tension from the fascia. Most commonly used to relax damaged muscles and soft tissues.
Hot stone massage has many benefits, including:
Relieves muscle tension and pain
Reduces stress and anxiety
Reduces symptoms of cancer
May help prevent some aspects of autoimmune diseases there is
There is no age limit for hot stone massage, even with hot stones. However, caution should be exercised when young children receive this massage without a parent or guardian. It is also most beneficial for those with obvious muscle aches and pains, or emotional trauma such as depression, anxiety, and insomnia.
Hot stone massage is derived from Swedish massage therapy.
Hot Stone Massage is especially suitable for those suffering from more intense muscle soreness along the spine, abdomen, chest or face.