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Hot stone massage is a specialty massage where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones by placing them on the body while they massage other parts of the body. The heat from the stones can be both deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles. Hot stones are warmed by fire. This therapy is an effective form of healing stimulating the body’s self-healing processes.
The quality of the massage depends on how well the therapist has been trained. Some therapists don't like to do it because the hot stones are a bit difficult to handle.
The therapist sanitizes the stones and heats them in a bath of 120 to 150 degree water. The stones themselves are usually black volcanic rock that absorb heat very well, and have been smoothed by natural forces in the river or sea. You usually start face down, with the therapist working on your back. During therapy the therapist uses many stones of various shapes and sizes. Many therapists believe that the stones themselves have an energetic charge.