Hot stone massage is a specialty massage where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones, either as an extension of their own hands, or by placing them on the body while they massage other parts of the body. The heat can be both deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles so the therapist can work more deeply, more quickly.
Hot stone massage boosts circulation, releases stored tension and recharges energy levels. It can have health benefits for people with muscular pain, stress, insomnia, depression. As with all spa therapies one should never underestimate the feel good factor. One stroke with a hot stone is said to be as efficient as 4 normal massage strokes.