Elaborating on the process, Handayani says, “The smooth rounded hot stones of varying sizes are placed around, under and on top of the body, from the forehead to between the toes, giving a deep massage, creating a sensation of warmth and comfort. The heat from the stones can penetrate the tissue layers to the deepest layers of the blood. This is known as conduction, which brings about local physiological and systemic changes to the body. The longer the application of warm stones on the body, the deeper the penetration to muscle tissue and joints, as well as an increased metabolism.”
Most said treatments either include use of only hot stones, or alternate between hot stones and chilled crystals. Besides placing the stones at strategic points on the body, they are also used as a massage medium. Many spas also include other treatments in conjunction with hot stones.
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island’s lavish Over-Water Spa, uses only hot stones for the 90-minute treatment. Let your muscles melt with the heat from the basalt stones, along with a relaxing massage in one of their glass-floored treatment rooms set on stilts above a coral reef in the resort’s lagoon. Dowell adds, “As part of the treatment, we also incorporate massage sequences without stones, using only hands to personalise the treatment, to pressure tension points, to make it more efficient and relaxing.”
At Banyan Tree Spa Macau, indulge in a 150-minute treatment, which includes hot stone massage, lotus rice body conditioner and herbal bath. Giving a lowdown on the treatment, Roongruang says, “Heated stones are massaged over your body along with the use of warm Clarity Oil to exert warmth and pressure on energy points. Its powers are beneficial for a smoother flow of chi and discharge of toxins from your body. The treatment culminates with the lotus rice body conditioner to leave your skin nourished and baby-soft.”