Yep – those flat, smooth stones that the therapists use aren't just any old pebbles – they're extra special. They're made out of polished basalt, which is a type of volcanic rock that retains heat. As the hot stones rest on your muscles, it helps them relax and opens them up. This lets the therapist really get deep into the tissue. You probably couldn't quite compare it to a volcano erupting, but the feeling of that tension evaporating is almost palpable.
4 (secret) facts about the power of hot stone massage
Secret as in that not everyone knows about them. Not the kind of secrets that you know, you’re totally sworn to silence on. Like your bestie’s work crush, or exactly how much of that giant Galaxy bar you had last night (it’s fine, you left at least two squares). You may have already guessed that there’s more to the indulgent hot stone massage than a bit of relaxation – and luckily, we’re free to spill the beans on those less well-known facts.