Hot stone massage is a variation on classic Swedish massage. Heated smooth, flat stones are either placed on key points on the body or used to massage certain areas of the body. The stones are immersed in water and heated in an electric heating device until they are within a certain temperature range. The stones may be placed at specific points on the back, in the palms of the hand, or between the toes.
The heat warms and relaxes the muscles, which allows for deeper massage techniques to be applied if required.