Whilst relatively new to western culture, Hot Stone Massage Therapy has been used in other cultures for many years.
The stones are heated up in water and massaged over areas of tension in the body. Basalt stones are used because of their heat retaining properties. They are smooth volcanic (basalt) stones that radiate heat effectively.
The heat from the stones helps to relax the muscles and reduces pain and discomfort, thus boosting the healing process and decreasing recovery time.
The use of hot stones during a remedial or sports massage allows for a deeper treatment as the heat penetrates the body and relaxes the muscles effectively.
Hot Stone Therapy can aid with the treatment of:
- Muscular aches and pains
- Back pain
- Improving circulation and immune system
- Releasing toxins
- Sleeping disorders
- Reducing stress, tension and anxiety