What is Hot Stone Massage?

Hot stone massage is a style of massage therapy in which water-treated stones are placed at specific sites on the client’s body to promote relaxation and to help open up the meridians (energy pathways). Muscles are pre-heated with the hot stones to allow the therapist to more easily perform deep tissue manipulations. Cool stones are sometimes used alternately with hot stones. Cool stones can calm blood vessels and sooth the skin. Massage oils are usually incorporated into the massage treatment.

Remember to let your GP know about any complementary therapies you are using

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.

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What Are the Benefits of Hot Stone Massage?

  • Reduces stress and anxiety

  • Promotes relaxation

  • Relieves tension and pain in muscles

  • May help relieve secondary symptoms of cancer

  • Boosts circulation

  • Promotes sleep

  • Recharges energy levels

Book Hot Stone Massage in Brighton

You can book a massage appointment at Brighton Wellbeing online by or by calling 01273 92 17 92. You can also email info@thebrightonwellbeingclinic.co.uk to book.