Hot stone massage is a variation on deep tissue therapeutic massage, where heated smooth, flat stones are placed on key points on the body. The massage therapist may also hold the stones and use them to massage certain areas of the body.
stone massage was invented in 1993 by Mary Hannigan, a native of Tucson,
Arizona. She has trademarked her particular style and calls it LaStone Therapy,
but most spas offer their own versions.
are usually made of basalt, a type of rock that is rich in iron,
so they retain heat. River rocks are normally used because they
are so smooth - they have been smoothed over time by the river's
stones are never rough. They are about the size of a large egg, only flat.
The massage therapist always holds the stones first before touching them to your
body, which ensures that the temperature will not be too hot. However, everyone
has their own comfort range. Be sure to speak up if the stones are too hot for