Have you ever tried a hot stone massage? As the weather turns colder, our muscles really enjoy the use of heat as a modality. The use of hot stones during the massage therapy treatment can be very beneficial. The stones are warmed in hot water and used in specific points on the clients body in conjunction with stones in the therapists hands during portions of the massage. The heat will allow the therapist to apply a bit more pressure to tense muscles. The stones glide on the skin with the massage oil. Benefits include increased muscle and soft tissue relaxation, aids in stress reduction, increases circulation, and decreases pain. If you experience any of the following, you might want to try adding hot stones to your massage treatment: muscular aches and pains, arthritis, stress, anxiety, circulatory problems, or insomnia.