The Origins of Hot Stone Massage Therapy Hot Stone Massage Therapy can be linked back to ancient healing rituals used by Chinese and Indians at least thousand years back. In North America, the use of hot stones as a health and wellness treatment can also be found back to alternative health prevention practiced by Southwestern Native Indians. Like most wellness treatments the massage therapy benefits of a hot stone massage add to the enjoyment of the full experience.
What is Hot Stone Massage Therapy?Today, without a local volcano or hot spring, hot stone massage uses smooth, volcanic basalt stones which are then heated with a warm water or hot steam bath. The hot massage stones vary in sizes and shapes so they will fit better onto the various chakras or energy points of the body.
As the heat of the hot stone is placed onto the body, and coupled with long, firm massage strokes, the client can almost immediately feel warmth, calmness and relaxation seeping through the body. The heat from the stones help to sooth nerves, relax muscles and body and lull the mind to a gentle serenity.