Massage involving hot stones
The Chinese have used heated stones as a therapeutic tool for over 2,000 years.
Hot stones are used during massage to deliver one of the most relaxing forms of massage. Hot stones are often included in deep tissue and therapeutic treatments involving aromatic oils and herbs to enhance the massage experience.
After covering the area with a towel, hot stones of varying shapes and sizes are placed at key points on the body associated with the meridian lines as defined in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Depending on the massage and area of complaint this can included the spine, stomach, chest, face, palms, or feet and toes.
Other heated stones are often held in the hand while massaging a different area of the body.
Hot stones (heat) are well known to reduce muscle pain and tension, improve blood flow, and increase range of motion. The relaxation effects of applying hot stones with massage can include stress relief and improved sleep.