How Hot Stone Therapy Works

From pain relief to stress reduction, massage therapy has been shown to provide a number of significant health benefits. Because of this, our team at Innisfil Wellness Centre is proud to offer several forms of massage, including hot stone therapy. In this article, we’ll provide a brief overview of how hot stone therapy works to help you decide if it’s right for you.

The Basics

As the name suggests, hot stone therapy involves heating stones and applying them to the skin. In preparation for the treatment, one of our registered massage therapists will heat basalt river rocks in a specially designed heater until they are within a precise temperature range, between 43° and 54° C. When applied to the skin, the stones will disperse heat into the body and help relax the muscles.


In hot stone therapy, the massage therapist places the stones at specific points on the body. These points can vary from patient to patient depending on their individual needs and medical history, but some typical areas include along the sides of the spine, on the legs and abdomen, and on the hands and feet.


After the stones have been left to disperse their heat for a few minutes, your therapist will begin the last step of hot stone therapy. They will apply massage oil or lotion to the skin and begin gliding the stones along the muscles. Your massage therapist may also use Swedish massage techniques to provide further relaxation and relief.

If you are interested in trying hot stone therapy for yourself, we encourage you to give us a call. We provide direct billing for all of our services, which saves time and spares you from having to pay out of pocket, making us an excellent choice all around.