Hot Stone Massage

What Hot Stone Massage is

Hot stone therapy is an ancient therapy dating back over 5000 years, originating from Indian and Mayan cultures. It was also utilised by many cultures across Europe and within the Mezo-American and Native American tribes. These cultures developed methods of healing, which involved using tools of the earth, such as flowers, herbs, crystals and stones. Stone therapy massage originated from healer’s using rocks and stones from the river beds, which were warmed over hot coals or in hot water. By placing the hot stones on cloth on the body and arranging them along the energy points of the body, a healing process would occur. Today, hot stone massage involves heating basalt stones in warm water, placing them onto energy points on the body and using them to create a warming, deep massage.

How Hot Stone Massage Works

Stone massage uses the Ayurvedic principles of the seven energy points of the body, called the Chakras. As the seven Chakras work together to energise the body, a dysfunction in any one can lead to imbalances in physical and emotional health. During hot stone massage, the hot stones appear to connect with the flow of energy along the Chakra points and help to rebalance the physical body, emotional state and spirit as one. The feet are extremely energy sensitive and during the massage warmed tony river rocks are placed between the toes to stimulate nerve endings and revitalise the client. The warmth from the stones also helps to relax the muscles, allowing for a deeper massage to draw out muscular pain and discomfort.

The Benefits of Hot Stone Massage

• Deep relaxation from the warmth of the stones
• Warmed muscles feel less tense and more supple
• Stress reduction
• Relief from mental and physical fatigue
• Toxins and waste are eliminated more quickly
• Relieve pain in muscles and joints
• Boosts circulation
• Reduces pain from rheumatic and arthritic conditions

Total Contradictions to Hot Stone Massage

The following conditions cannot be treated with hot stone massage:
• Pregnancy
• Fever
• Contagious or infectious disease
• Under the influence of drugs or alcohol
• Recent operations or acute injuries

Medical Cautions to Hot Stone Massage

The following conditions can only be treated with hot stone massage once they have been approved prior to a treatment in writing by your GP:
• Cardiovascular conditions such as thrombosis, hypertension, angina, those fitted with pace makers or with heart conditions
• Oedema
• Diabetes
• Psoriasis or eczema
• High blood pressure
• Osteoporosis
• Trapped nerves
• Receiving medical treatment or have a condition that might be affected by treatment, such as HIV infection, MS, epilepsy or cancer

What a Hot Stone Massage Treatment Includes

The hot stone massage begins with large warmed stones being placed along the Chakra points on the back, from the neck to the base of the spine. The hot stones are always placed on to the body over a towel and the therapist will always check that the temperature is comfortable for the client. Warmed stones are placed along one leg and between the toes, before oil is applied to the alternate leg and massaged by the therapist holding one warmed stone in each hand. The same will be repeated to the other leg. The therapist will then move the warm stones from the back to the base of the spine and the whole back and shoulders will be massaged with oil and warmed stones. After the client has turned over, large warm stones will be placed underneath the shoulders and lower back. The lower legs, abdomen and arms will be massaged with oil and warm stones. Finally the face is given a gentle massage using cool small stones to revive, refresh and energise.


Full Body Hot Stone Massage (1 hour and 15 minutes)
Back, Neck and Shoulder Hot Stone Massage (45 minutes)