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How To Do A Hot Stone Massage At Home

Nidhi Nangia
By Nidhi Nangia. Updated: January 20, 2017
How To Do A Hot Stone Massage At Home

A hot stone massage is a favorite among most clients at a spa or salon. Using a combination of massage techniques and warmed stones, it is a wonderful therapy to improve circulation, relieve stiffness and pain, and relax muscle tension. It is a popular treatment for a number of ailments, including arthritis, muscular aches, autoimmune disorders etc. But it is quite expensive too.

If you want to give the benefits of this amazing therapy to someone at home, then here at, we will tell you how to give a hot stone massage at home.

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  1. Choosing the stones
  2. Preparing the stones
  3. Placing the stones on the body
  4. Moving the stones
  5. Applying other massage techniques

Choosing the stones

The stones used in a hot stone massage therapy are usually made up of basalt, probably because this material retains heat for a longer period of time. They are also smooth to massage, and do not cause any irritation on the skin. The stones should be flat on one surface, so that they can rest on the body without slipping off. So, choose your stones wisely.

How To Do A Hot Stone Massage At Home - Choosing the stones

Preparing the stones

First of all, wash the stones properly in a sink or basin, and preferably use an antibacterial soap to do so. Once they have been cleaned thoroughly, rinse them well. To warm them up, immerse them in heated water, and let them reach a warm but still tolerable temperature to touch.

Placing the stones on the body

Place the heated stones on key acupressure points of the person’s body, including the hamstrings, back, between the toes, arms, etc. These acupressure points are known to release energy flow, and also promote the healing process of the body. Heat from the stones will penetrate into the skin, thus promoting better flow of blood, releasing toxins, and relaxing the muscles.

How To Do A Hot Stone Massage At Home - Placing the stones on the body

Moving the stones

After resting the stones for 5-10 minutes, start moving them gently while applying a little pressure. Focus on the sore, tense areas of the body. The pressure that you apply while moving the stones is very important, as little pressure may not give the desired effects, and too much pressure can cause damage to the person’s muscles and tendons.

How To Do A Hot Stone Massage At Home - Moving the stones

Applying other massage techniques

Once the person’s body has fully relaxed and muscles have loosened due to the warmth of the stones, try combining the hot stone massage technique with other massage therapies, such as deep tissue massage or a Swedish massage. You can use these massage techniques either after removing the hot stones, or with the stones still on the body. You can also combine this type of massage with essential oils too.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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  • Make sure you set a relaxing mood for the massage using candles, calm music and essential oils so the room smells nice.
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