How To Buy DIY Hot Stone Massage Kits

Hot stone massages are a popular form of spa treatments that are actually thought to have originated hundreds of years ago. It is usually performed with smooth basaltic rocks that are heated in water and placed on the client’s body.

Some massage therapists use oil while others do not. Home kits are available at many places, but these tend to be on the expensive side.


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Making your own hot massage kit isn’t difficult especially if there is a source of rocks close by such as a riverbed or a quarry.

Here are the steps you need to take:

  • Pay a visit to a rock quarry or a river. Look for small to medium sized stones. The stones should not have jagged edges and should be smooth. With a little patient searching you shouldn’t have a problem accumulating enough for your needs. Alternatively, you can visit an establishment that deals in landscaping supplies.
  • The stones need to be relatively smooth and flat, preferably oval shaped. Select two that are approximately 8 to 9 inches long and 5 to 6 inches wide and seven pairs of stones that easily fit into your hand. Another eight small stones no larger than an egg will complete the collection.
  • You will also need to purchase a large skillet with a lid with sides that are at least 4 inches tall. The skillet should be large enough to hold all the stones. A 6 to 8 quart cooker will also do in place of the skillet.
  • You will also need to purchase a strainer, a slotted spoon, tongs, a food thermometer and two hand towels.

You are now ready to begin.

Wash the rocks thoroughly and place them in the cooker. Fill the cooker with water so that all the rocks are well submerged. Place the cooker on a cooking stove and start heating it on a slow flame. The stones should be heated to about 125°F. You are now ready to start placing the stones on your body.

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  • The pairs of stones should be as close to each other in terms of shape, size and weight.
  • The stones should be completely submerged in water.
  • Add a few drops of a disinfectant soap to the water.
  • Do not overheat the rocks as they may burn the client.
  • For people with sensitive skin, place a towel between their skin and the rocks. The towel should be dampened beforehand.

You need to be careful when conducting the massage therapy so as to avoid burning the skin.

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