New To Hot Stone Massages? Here's What You Need to Know

Submitted by chris parker on January 16, 2013

In other words, the hot stones are used manually as tools to massage the body. The hot stone massage is generally categorized into two types, LaStone therapy and hot stone therapy. LaStone therapy is a registered technique that authorizes usage of both cold and hot stones.


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LaStone therapy uses 54 basalt stones warmed in water and 18 marble stones chilled in ice. Standard hot stone massage includes mild stimulation with only hot stones, that is, without the use of cold stones.

Tools for Hot Stone Massage

The tools required for a hot stone massage include:

  • Stones
  • A pan or a skillet to heat the stones/thermostat controlled electric heater
  • A table for placing the stones
  • Massage oil
  • Essential oils
  • Essential oils to sanitise the stones
  • Large slotted spoons

Types of Stones Used for Hot Stone Massage

Hot stone massages typically use stones with a smooth surface.

The stones used frequently by therapists are as follows:

  • Basalt (sandstone sedimentary rock) (hot)
  • Jade (hot and cold)
  • Marble (cold)

The complete massage kit comprises of 55 stones; 36 stones for massage, 15 placement stones for providing heat, and 4 stones for distinct massage techniques.


  • Relieves stress
  • Improves immunity
  • Improves soft tissue metabolism
  • Calms the mind
  • Improves circulation

Hot Stone Temperature

  • Sustained pressure: 85 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit (warm)
  • Active massage: 115 to 125 degrees Fahrenheit (hot)

Technique for Beginners

Some useful techniques for beginners are as follows:

  • Make the client comfortable by offering a traditional massage without stones for a few minutes.
  • Place the massage table with stones close to the massage area.
  • Keep several bowls of oil in the room to oil the hands.
  • Glide the oiled hands over the hot stones.
  • In the beginning, make contact with the stones with fingertips, then move on to the edges, and finally grasp the whole stone.
  • Keep the stone in the center of the palm with fingers curved encompassing the edges.
  • Begin the hot stone massage by sliding the stone briskly on the skin.
  • Make sure to slide the stone slowly while covering a small area.
  • Stimulate the client by using swift strokes and use slow movements to soothe the muscles.
  • Be cautious while using the stones. Do not injure the client with extra hot stones.
  • Change the stones if they are too hot to grip. Never apply too much heat to the body by placing extra stones.

Points to Remember

  • Keep the massage room serene, peaceful and clean.
  • Play soft music, light up scented candles and include flowers or potpourri.
  • Keep a clean warm blanket ready to cover the client.
  • Keep the tools and equipment at an accessible place near the massage table.
  • Work up a calm, attentive and happy demeanor while massaging the client.

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