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The History and Benefits of Hot Stone Massage


The therapeutic use of hot stones began approximately 5,000 years ago in India where Ayurvedic practitioners used hot or cold smooth river stones as massaging tools. The Chinese also used hot stones more than 2,000 years ago to improve how internal organs function.

Since then, stones have been used across Europe, Africa, India, North America, South America, India, and Egypt in a variety of therapeutic ways. Ancient Romans used hot stones in saunas. Healers in Central and South America eased menstrual discomfort with heated stones. Native Hawaiians relieved the pain by wrapping hot lava rocks in leaves and applying them to the body. And Native Americans used hot rocks in sweat lodges to relax muscles and the entire body.

Beginning in the early 1990s, hot stones were integrated into modern Western massage therapy. Methodology, including the stones and heating methods used, have been refined and are now well-established.


Hot stones can penetrate even thick muscles deeply, to the bone. They can produce deep relaxation, relieve muscle pain and tension, and hasten myofascial release. They also reduce stress and anxiety, plus promote better sleep.

Hot stones also increase blood flow and may reduce muscle spasms and range of motion. They may also reduce symptoms of autoimmune diseases, fibromyalgia, and cancer, plus improve immune system function.

Come try the benefits of hot stone massage for yourself at The Greenhouse Day Spa. Our therapists are trained in their use and application, and hot stones can be added to any of our massage practices. Receive complimentary hot stones during December when you book a Two Together 80-Minute Massage to enjoy with a friend or family member.