A Hot Stone Massage from a Brandon Essentials massage therapist combines Swedish massage techniques with the soothing effects of hot stone therapy. Smooth stones are warmed and are gently glided along key points on the body. The smooth stones are flat and are typically a type of volcanic rock called basalt. These particular stones are chosen because they retain heat.
To warm them up, the massage stones are placed in hot water, and then they are placed on specific points on the body. The stones may be left to sit for a few minutes to allow the heat to move into your muscles, or the massage therapist may use the stones to massage the body with. This allows the therapist to work into your muscles, without having to apply more pressure, furthering your relaxation.