Hot stone therapy (also known as La Stone Therapy) is a popular healing treatment that has been around for thousands of years. This treatment combines the use of both hot basalt (lava) stones and cold marble stones with a temperature range of 32-140 degrees. Basalt stones are used due to their high density and ability to retain heat for long periods of time. The cold stones used are usually white marble metamorphic rocks that are carved and polished to a smooth finish.
Hot stone therapy uses a total of 72 stones -- 54 hot and 18 frozen. Each of them is cut to suit a particular body area, whether it be the spine, stomach, forehead or feet. The black lava massage stones are first heated in water to 120-140 degrees, and the therapist places them on areas of the body such as the belly, forehead, and between the toes. The person receiving treatment rests on a heated bed of stones that are placed along the spine. Once the body has relaxed and the muscles are warm, the therapist uses the hot stones to massage the body using long strokes, kneading and further relaxing the muscles. The cold stones are normally reserved for treating injuries and revitalizing the body at the end of the session.
The benefits of heated/chilled stones include chronic pain relief, neck and back pain relief, deep relaxation and stress reduction.
Hot stone therapy is just one example of the many therapeutic massages day spas offer. Learn about other massages you might enjoy.