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Hot stones warmed by fire were used by Native Americans to treat aching muscles, but the modern revival of hot stones in massage is generally credited to Mary Nelson, a native of Tucson, Arizona.
She trademarked her style of hot stone massage, called LaStone Therapy, which has a Native American spiritual background.
What is it?
The hot stones are usually made of basalt, a type of rock that is rich in iron, so they retain heat. River rocks are normally used because they are smoothed over time by the river current. The stones are immersed in an electric heater until they reach a suitable temperature. The placement of the stones is usually at specific points on the back, in the palms of the hand, or between the toes but may vary depending on the client’s condition. The heat of the stones warm and relax the muscles, which allows the therapist to apply deeper pressure, if desired. The warmth of the hot stones improves circulation and calms the nervous system.
A common question people have is whether to get hot stone massage vs other massages. Some people find the warmth of the hot stones to be comforting and relaxing. It’s also suitable for people who have muscle tension but prefer a lighter massage. The heat relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist to work those muscles without using deep pressure.
Hot stone massage can help with;
- Back aches and pains
- Poor circulation
- Stress, anxiety and tension