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You know massages are generally relaxing and healing, but how exactly do the words “hot” and “stone” correlate with the spa experience? Contrary to how it might sound, hot stone massage does even more to relax your muscles than a traditional swedish massage. Here is everything you need to know to answer your burning question: what is hot stone massage?

Origins

An article from Massage Magazine writes that heated stones have been used as a form of healing for over 2,000 years. It was a common practice in ancient China to improve organ function, and was also used as a healing practice all over the world, including North and South America, India, Egypt, Africa, and Europe. It has recently become mainstream again thanks to LaStone Therapy, which was created in 1993 by Mary Nelson. Since then, hot stone massage has taken off and can be found in spas all over the world.

What does it do? 

In short, hot stone massage is the most relaxing massage around. Your hot stone massage can vary from being relaxing to deep tissue, depending on your needs. During your massage, your therapist will place towels on you, and then put hot stones on various parts of your body to further relax your muscles. They are sometimes used as massage tools, and other times they are left in place to relax and soothe. In addition to relaxing and soothing your muscles, hot stone massage therapy works to improve your overall circulation.

If you haven’t tried hot stone massage, you are in for a treat! Book an appointment at Serene Dental Spa today. To book your appointment, or to find out more about hot stone massage therapy, contact us today.