Hot Stone Massage is a specialty massage where the therapist uses smooth, heated
stones, either as an extension of their own hands, or by placing them on the body while
they massage other parts of the body. The heat can be both deeply relaxing and help
warm up tight muscles so the therapist can work more deeply, more quickly.
Hot Stones warmed by fire were used by Native Americans to treat aching muscles, but
the modern revival of hot stones in massage is generally credited to Mary Nelson, a native
of Tucson, Arizona. She trademarked her style of hot stone massage, called LaStone
Therapy, which has a Native American spiritual component and requires training and
Most spas offer their own versions of hot stone massage (they might call it lava stone
massage, river rock massage, warm stone massage and so on). A hot stone massage,
however, takes a lot of skill and sensitivity on the part of the therapist.
The quality of the treatment depends on how well the therapist has been trained, how
skilled he or she is, and whether he or she enjoys doing the treatment.
'Massage day is my favourite day of the week.''