Hot Stone Massage
The hallmark of hot stone massage is the use of heated stones. Basalt river rocks are typically used because they are smooth (from the river's current) and retain heat well.
The massage therapist places the hot stones on specific points on your body and may also hold the stones while giving the massage.
The localized heat and weight of the stones warm and relax muscles, allowing the massage therapist to apply deeper pressure to those areas without causing discomfort.