Hot stone massage or hot rock therapy is a massage technique that alternates the body’s temperature (thermotherapy) through the use of hot and cold stones during a massage. Hot rock therapy produces both a relaxing and re-energizing effect in the body.
During this type of massage, hot, warm, cold and cooled stones are applied to the body in a variety of ways in order to relax the body at it’s deepest level. Hot rock therapy is a great way to create positive energy flow in the body, allowing the client to feel a greater sense of balance, peace and harmony while having more energy.
Benefits of Hot Stone Massage
History of Hot Stone Massage
Hot rock therapy has been around for thousands of years. Ancient healers from all walks of life and from around the globe have used both hot and cold stones on the body to bring about healing and relaxation.
Ancient shamans placed stones on or near the body to promote healing
Native American women used warm stones on their bellies to help during menses
The Romans would bathe in hot water and then rest on cool marble tables
The Pilgrims would put a hot stone at the end of their bed in order to warm their feet
Japanese priests would wear the stones during fasting to slow the digestive process
Today, hot rock massage can be credited to Mary Hannigan, who started using the stones to work on a relative in the summer of 1993, this evolved into what is referred to as La Stone Therapy
Hot Stone Massage Preparations
Reasons to Avoid Hot Rock Massage
Hot stone massage continues to be one of the most requested forms of bodywork today. Many people find this therapy to be deeply relaxing and enjoyable. Hot stone bodywork is also designed to reduce the stress and strain a therapist feels in her hands, wrists and arms, thereby making hot rock therapy beneficial for both the therapist and client.