Hot stone massage is a variation on classic massage therapy. Heated smooth, flat stones are placed on key points on the body. The massage therapist may also hold the stones and use them to massage certain areas of the body .
Heat has long been used in medical science for reducing pain, muscle relaxation, and increasing blood flow. Massage relaxes tight muscles. Hot stone massage therapy combines the two, utilizing volcanic basalt stones for their ability to retain heat and for the magnetism and mineral properties of the stone.