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The Origin of the Hot Stone Massage

Warm stones have been used for therapeutic purposes for thousands of years. Though there are no written records dating before the last century.

It is widely accepted and believed that warm stones were used to massage the body during ancient times as well.

Native Americans, for example, used to heat up rocks on a fire and then place them on the body. According to their beliefs, this was the best way of curing disease and illness. This ritual is the basis for the hot stone massage.

The modern hot stone massage also incorporates the spirituality of the Native Americans to a certain degree.

As far as the origin of the hot stone massage is concerned, it is said that Native groups which were settled in Arizona came up with it.

How Hot Stone Massage Works

As mentioned above, flat rocks are used for this type of massage. They are heated up and then placed in different parts of the body.

Generally, stones made from basalt are used for hot stone massages. This is because basalt is known to retain heat for a long period of time. Moreover, stones and rocks retrieved from rivers are also considered to be ideal for hot stone massage.

They are smooth and soft, which reduces the risk of scratches and abrasions on your skin.

A massage therapist uses several types of stones when performing a hot stone massage. The massage therapist has to decide which stone to use on which part of the body. For example, the stones used on the back would be different than those placed on the palms.

To heat the stones, the therapist first dips them in water and then heats them up using a special machine. Usually, a thermo-regulated electronic machine is used to ensure that the stones are heated to a specific temperature.

The stones then carry out the purpose which the therapist might otherwise use his/her hands for, i.e. work on the different muscles in the body.

Usually, the massage therapist applies oil on your body before placing the stones. However, this is not compulsory. 

Sometimes, a sheet is placed before putting the stones on the client’s body. The purpose is to get the heat to deep parts of the body. The heat loosens the muscles of the body and allows you to relax.

The Numerous Benefits of Hot Stone Treatment

The heat from the stones enables the muscles of the body that are aching and/or sore to feel relaxed.

This is just one of the benefits of a hot stone massage. Let’s go over some of the other possible benefits:

  • Improves circulation and blood flow within the body and could prevent many major and minor health problems.
  • Reduces pain and discomfort during the massage.
  • Even a deep tissue massage becomes relatively painless after the hot stones have been placed on your body.
  • Alleviates stress and enhances your mental clarity.
  • This could help treat mental disorders and might also improve memory and focus.
  • Regulates symptoms associated with painful conditions, especially arthritis.
  • Calms the nerves and ensures optimum functioning of the nervous system.

Because of the numerous benefits provided by the hot stone massage, demand for it is increasing – and you don’t need to have any specific problem or issue before getting a treatment, as it is so deeply relaxing it is benefitial to have a Hot Stone Massage just for the theraputic benefit alone.


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