What Happens During Hot Stone Massage?
Before your arrival at Brighton Wellbeing, the hot stone massage therapist sanitises the stones and heats them in a bath of hot water (usually about 120-150 degrees). The stones are usually basalt, a dark fine-grained volcanic rock that absorbs and retains heat well.
First, you are usually asked to lie face down, allowing the therapist to work on your back. The hot stone therapist warms up the body with strokes, then massages you while holding a heated stone on your body with a towel in between. As the stone cools, the therapist replaces it with a hot one. Stones can be placed around your body depending on your problem areas. They can be placed along your spine, legs or wrapped around your palms or feet.
You should let the therapist know if the stones feel too warm. You can also ask the therapist not to use hot stones if they make you feel uncomfortable. After all, the aim of a hot stone massage is to promote relaxation.