Hot stone massage is a speciality massage where smooth, heated stones are used as either an extension of the therapists own hands or are placed on the body while the therapist treats other areas of the body. The heat can be both relaxing and help loosen tight muscles allowing the therapist to work more deeply.
Hot stone massage is proven to be safe and effective in treating many conditions, including pain associated with fibromyalgia, arthritis, chronic musculoskeletal conditions, pain and tension associated with muscle strains and spasms. This type of massage helps blood vessels expand, improving circulation and “energy flow” throughout the body, aiding in detoxification, stimulating the immune system and improving digestion. Studies also suggest that this type of massage is effective in relieving anxiety, lowering cortisol levels whilst increasing the levels of neurotransmitters that aid in the reduction of depression.