Heated or hot stone massage is a type of treatment that uses warmed stones to relax muscles and induce a calming state of mind. It’s not a new technique; in fact, heated stone massage was used as early as 1500 B.C. Native Americans and Europeans were the first societies to use the treatment.
A heated stone massage involves the placement of sanitized, warmed, smooth rocks (usually basalt, a type of volcanic rock that retains heat) upon different parts of the body. Typically, the treatment is done in conjunction with traditional massage techniques, such as Swedish massage, and the stones may be used with applied pressure by the massage therapist during the treatment. Often, stones also are placed–and left for a period of time–on certain body parts such as the spine, hands or belly, and replaced once they cool. The organic nature of stone is very pleasant and feels different from a heating pad. Cool stones may also be used to address muscle injury and are often used on the face.
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