This is an ancient technique which has undergone a phenomenal surge in popularity in recent years, for practitioners and clients alike. Smooth basalt stones are heated in water and then placed on the body to generate soothing sustained warmth. Large stones are commonly placed on the back muscles alongside the spine. Smaller stones can be used for the hands and feet. The stones will retain their heat for a significant time and the overall effect is deep, unwinding relaxation.

The hot stones can also be used with oil to massage the body, which is not only a great way to spread warmth into tensed muscles but also can be significantly less stress on the practitioners wrists and thumbs. The heat from the stones relaxes muscles, increases blood circulation and promotes mental relaxation.