Hot Stone Massage is a type of traditional body massage using heated stones usually basalt which has high heat retention qualities. The heat of the stones causes muscles to relax thus allowing the therapist to apply deeper, more precise pressure if desired or necessary. The stones are placed in water and heated to approximately 125°F (52°C) before placement on the back and other parts of the body.
Many people find the warmth of the basalt stone to be comforting as it relaxes the muscle tissue and eases tension. The massage will expand the blood vessels, pushing blood and unwanted waste products through the body whilst speeding up the delivery of fresh nutrients. Hot stone massage induces a general state of well-being.