Hot Stone Massage in
Scottsdale AZ & Gilbert AZ

About Hot Stone Massage

This type of massage therapy involves heat distributed through stones. The smooth, heated stones are placed on trouble areas by the massage therapist, and then specific points on your body are massaged with the stones.

Using a variety of massage techniques, the stones localize the heat and add pressure needed to warm and relax your muscles at the same time. This also allows the massage therapist to gain deeper pressure in areas where you feel discomfort.

Hot stone massage is unlike any other type of massage because it includes heated stones. Typically, the stones are smooth and retain a good amount of heat, and thus, they include Basalt river rocks and other water types.

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How to Prepare for Hot Stone Massage?

The night before your massage, prepare your skin with a gentle wash and a body scrub treatment if you desire. Then pat your skin with a clean dry towel and sleep in a breathable fabric like cotton. You may also decide to tone your body with a toner and follow with a light moisturizer.

What to Expect?

The most popular benefits of hot stone massage include the feeling of deep relaxation. The feelings of calm are known to reach into other areas of health and may aid in immunity, flexibility, overall aches and pains, sleep, anxiety, depression, and more. You may also notice a sense of energy and vitality due to the release of tension and toxins over the days that follow your appointment.

Hot Stone Massage FAQs

Hot stone massage therapy is ideal for people of all ages, however, it is not right for everyone. Even though it is considered safe, consult your doctor if you have a medical condition including high blood pressure or diabetes.
When you arrive, the therapist will place the prepared stones directly on your trouble areas. These specific points are known to the massage therapist and will vary depending on the areas of muscle tension and your medical history.
Small stones are used on sensitive areas like the face, hands, and feet, while larger stones are used on other parts of your body. It may take a few minutes for you to feel the heat as many therapists also apply physical barriers such as towels, sheets, or oil to increase your comfort.
The stones are also commonly placed on the spine, legs, abdominals, shoulders, neck, and feet, and may be moved in a range of motions including gliding, long strokes, kneading, circles, rolling, and other techniques your therapist knows, including Swedish massage. Typically, an appointment lasts between 60 to 90 minutes.