When you’re experiencing muscle soreness, your instinct might point you towards applying heat to it. It’s simply one of the most potent elements you can incorporate into a massage. That said, a hot stone massage benefits the body in more ways than you might expect.
It helps recover from muscle pains and certain diseases, while optimizing your mind and body’s functions. Learn more about how it works below.
How to do hot stone massage at home
It’s not as complicated as it seems. Follow along and treat a loved one, or even yourself, to a soothing hot stone treatment.
What you will need
You might already have some of these items at home or readily available for purchase. Even professional-grade massage stone sets are relatively easy to find nowadays.
Proper preparation is key to a safe and fulfilling hot stone massage. Check out this short video on how to heat up the stones in water:
You can also use a large pot with a towel at the bottom. Place over the lowest setting on your stove for about 30 minutes. Monitor the water temperature with a meat thermometer until it reaches 43 to 54 °C (110 to 130 °F).
The stones can stay in place for 3 to 4 minutes at a time. Always ask for feedback on whether the stones are too hot or too tepid. As a safety measure, you can also cover the bare skin with a towel or blanket before placing a stone on top of it.
Keeping the treatment area covered, glide the massage gun across for 15-30 seconds per muscle group. Remember to ask for feedback on the pressure and speed setting.
Overview: hot stone massage benefits and precautions
The hot stone massage is generally safe, and you can hardly go wrong with it under the right conditions. It feels great, it relieves pain, but it’s generally not for those who suffer from illness. Here are some pros and cons of hot stone massage: