What are Hot Stones?
Hot stones, heated by fire, have been used for centries by native Americans to relieve aching muscles. The present-day use of hot stones (in massage therapy) is credited to Mary Nelson, a Tucson, Arizona native. Her mehtod of incorporating hot stone with massage was trademarked as LaStone Therapy, which has a North American spiritual component and requires training and certification.
What are the Benefits?
In the present-day massage therapy practice, hot stone massage is a speciality massage where smooth, heated stones are used by the therapist by placing them or rubbing them on the body. The heat (transfered) from the stones leads to deep relaxation, allowing the therapist to work more deeply and more efficeintly.