Massage technique that incorporates the use of hot stones (traditionally basalt stones). The hot stones are used to heat muscles and as an extension of the therapist’s hands. The use of heat increases circulation and penetrates into deeper muscle layers increasing the efficacy of the therapists massage strokes. Stones may also be placed in certain areas to increase the effect of the heat on the body (hands, feet, along the spine, glutes, etc). The therapist use these stones as massage tools to assist in working out stubborn muscles with specific strokes and techniques. Cold stones can also be used in this service to decrease swelling and contrast the effects of the hot stones. Aromatherapy oils are often incorporated to maximize the relaxing nature of this massage technique.
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