Hot Stone Massage consists of both warm and hot stones placed in a formation or directly on the body as well as being used as a massage tool. The localized placement of heat on a particular area increases circulation of fluids, and can assist in alleviating organ congestion and may even dissolve masses.
When placed along meridian points, they can assist in removing energy blockages that lead to the development of disease, illness and cancers.
The stones are heated and kept warm in a crock pot or heating dish before being applied to the recipient. In some cases cold stones are used to stroke the body after the application and massage with the hot stones in order to reduce swelling and pain or to stimulate lymphatic drainage.
The contrast of hot and cold temperatures forces the muscles to dilate and contract. This creates a pumping action for moving fresh fluids through muscle tissue and spaces in the joints. Combining this with deep tissue movements or other forms of massage creates a powerful detoxifying and invigorating treatment.