Hot Stone Massage

Hot stone massage is a massage therapy that uses water-heated stones placed on specific sites of the body to promote relaxation and open up the energy pathways. The pre-treated muscles allow the massage practitioner to perform deep tissue manipulations.

Historically, hot stones warmed by fire were used by Native Americans .   More recently, the revival of this technique is attributed to Mary Nelson, a native of Tuscon, Arizon.  Her trademarked style is LaStone Therapy.  Today, there are many versions of hot stone massage, including lava stone massage, river rock massage and warm stone massage.

The stones are typically smooth river rocks made of basalt.  Basalt is very rich in iron and retains heat well.  The stones are immersed in water and heated electrically to a specific temperature.  They are then placed on points along the back, palms of the hand or between the toes.    

Conditions treated with hot stone massage include back pain, MS, arthritis, muscle pain, insomnia, depression, stress and circulatory problems. 

For information on hot stone massage, talk to a registered massage therapist to find out more about this relaxing massage technique.

Specific Techniques


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