Hot stone massage is a type of massage therapy that involves the use of smooth, heated stones. The localized heat and weight of the stones warm and relax muscles, allowing the massage therapist to apply deeper pressure to those areas without causing discomfort.
Hot stone massage uses massage techniques to relax tense muscles, relieve pain and stiffness, and improve circulation. The heat of the stones penetrates the skin to promote better blood flow, release toxins and create a deeper muscle relaxation than in a standard massage.
This type of massage can be a deep or gentle massage depending on the objective of the client.