Hot Stone Massage

Hot stone massage is a type of treatment that uses warmed stones to relax muscles and induce a calming state of mind. It's not a new technique; in fact, heated stone massage was used as early as 1500 B.C., according to healthguidance.org. The site says Native Americans and Europeans were the first societies to use the treatment.

Features
Intended to be extremely relaxing, a heated stone massage involves the placement of sanitized, warmed, smooth rocks (usually basalt, a type of volcanic rock that retains heat) upon different parts of the body. Typically, the treatment is done in conjunction with traditional massage techniques, such as Swedish massage, and the stones may be used with applied pressure by the massage therapist during the treatment. Often, stones also are placed--and left for a period of time--on certain body parts such as the spine, hands or belly, and replaced once they cool. Cool stones may also be used to address muscle injury.

Benefits
A heated stone massage is a preferred treatment for those looking to relax and relieve stress. However, it also may be beneficial to those who experience muscle tension or have had a muscle-related injury. It's also thought to improve energy flow and circulation through the body, relieve pain and release toxins. Other potential benefits include improved mood and relief from symptoms of arthritis and anxiety.