Hot stone massage is an ancient practice dating back thousands of years, and involves the use of flat, heated stones (basalt stones) that your massage therapist uses to massage you as well as using their hands, arms and elbows.
Stone massage was present in Ancient Greece and Rome. Stone massage treatments were used in conjunction with Roman baths where the benefits of stone massage were combined with hot immersion baths and the cooling effects of marble stone and cold pools.
Hot stone massage combines relaxing warmth and refreshing coolness to encourage the body to detox and heal. This also increases lymph flow and helps to flush out waste.
Heat relaxes your body in a short space of time, so your therapist can focus on a deep working of the tissues using both hot stones and hand strokes.
Hot stones also increase your sense of relaxation and calm. They are coated in fragrant oil which is smoothed gently onto your body, and each stone in turn is worked by your therapist's hands.
Combining hot stone protocols with a full body massage provides a very healing and effective experience.
The hot stones also expand blood vessels, which encourages blood flow throughout the body.
The hot stones have a sedative effect that can relieve chronic pain, reduce stress and promote deep relaxation.