Hot Stone

holmfirth hot stone massage

During a hot stone massage, smooth, flat, heated stones are placed on specific parts of your body. The stones are usually made of basalt, a type of volcanic rock that retains heat. According to the University of New Hampshire Health Services, hot massage stones are heated to between 130 and 145 degrees.

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

Massage therapists may hold heated stones as they massage your body using Swedish massage techniques such as:

• Long strokes

• Circular movements

• Vibration

• Tapping

• Kneading

Sometimes, cold stones are also used during a hot stone massage. Cold stones may be used after hot stones to calm any engorged blood vessels and to soothe the skin.

3 benefits of hot stone massage:

1. Helps relieve muscle tension and pain

2. Reduces stress and anxiety

3. Promotes sleep

Risks and warnings:

• A bleeding disorder or take blood thinners

• Burns on your skin

• Open wounds

• A history of blood clots

• Had surgery in the last 6 weeks

• A fracture or severe osteoporosis

• A low platelet count (thrombocytopenia)

• Diabetes

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 helpful for a variety of conditions and circumstances.