What Is A Hot Stone Massage?

This is a type of massage therapy that uses smooth, heated stones of different sizes to help massage and warm your muscles. During a hot stone massage the therapist heats as many as 50 basalt stones of varying sizes to 120–140º F, rubs them over your oiled body, and rests them on top of and beneath you—on your stomach, in your palms, on your back. The stones’ warmth enhances the relaxing effects of the pressure.

Some people believe the stones have healing, grounding qualities, which makes hot stone massage a more profound experience than a standard massage. The therapist will leave some of the smooth, heated massage stones in contact with your body and use others to massage you. Cold stones are sometimes incorporated, especially on the face, where they have a firming effect. Hot stone is a feel-good treatment found on most spa menus. Hot and cold stone temperatures have said to be like the ‘vascular gymnastics’ of the circulatory systems (the system that controls self-healing in the body).

Does Hot Stone Massage Hurt?

The thought of hot stones might seem alarming to some! Just how hot are they, and will they scratch, hurt or burn? The stones are actually very smooth, while their temperature is controlled by a specialised heater. They should glide across your skin, relaxing and warming it. However, if you do feel any discomfort during the treatment you should tell your therapist immediately.

What Are The Benefits Of Hot Stone Massage?

Just like other types of massage, a hot stone massage will help alleviate muscle tension. This, in turn can help relieve pain, increase mobility, and improve posture. It can also help promote sleep, and encourage sleep to be more restorative. The warmth of the stones help to warm muscles up so therapists can work on a deeper massage more quickly.

How Long Does a Hot Stone Massage Take?

Hot stone massages are usually between 60 and 90 minutes long.  

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Know Before You Go

The heat of the stones should start to relax you immediately, as the therapist glides them along your back and limbs. They should never be uncomfortably hot or nudge a shoulder blade or the spine. If they do, speak up. You may be asked to lie down on the hot stones, which looks potentially uncomfortable, but isn’t (as long as they’ve been carefully arranged to make contact with soft tissue).

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(average prices)

  • 60 min Hot Stone Massage £60
  • 90min Hot Stone Massage £90
  • Hot Stone Massage + Spa Day £150

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