Massage therapists use hot stones in massage to release muscle tension, soothe aches and pains and provide a deeply relaxing experience. The professionals at Hand in Health Massage Therapy want to give you an insight into Hot Stone Massage, the benefits, and how to book your session today.

If you’re looking for a Hot Stone Massage Therapist in the Syracuse, NY area, we invite you to contact our North Syracuse or Downtown Syracuse locations to book an appointment.


What is a Hot Stone Massage? 

This therapy is based on ancient healing traditions and current scientific knowledge. Hot Stone Massage is a soothing therapy that incorporates smooth heated stones in massage to relieve muscle tension and promote deep relaxation. The stones, typically a basalt (a type of volcanic rock that retains heat), are warmed to optimum temperature between 120 and 145 degrees.

Therapists use heated stones throughout the massage, employing a variety of massage strokes and techniques with stones in hand. Throughout the session, the therapist will use a combination of their hands and hot stones, at times using the stones as tools in areas of particular tension, such as the neck, shoulders and upper back. The therapist’s pressure and the penetrating heat from the stones induces a deeply relaxed state and profound release of muscle tension.

If you experience benefit with a standard massage, using hot stones takes it to the next level. 


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Benefits of a Hot Stone Massage

Massage stones have many benefits. They can be used as a treatment solely for relaxation, or for specific therapeutic work.

Physiologically, the use of hot stones in massage causes vasodilation, muscle relaxation, softening of fascia and scar tissue, an increase in circulation, metabolism and lymph function, and is sedating to the nervous system. Hot stones can be used in full body treatments, or as spot treatments in areas that would particularly benefit from the use of the stones.

If you enjoy the relaxing benefits of massage, you’ll find relaxation is particularly profound. If you feel tension, soreness, tightness, or stress, hot stones may help relieve some of your symptoms. For those who experience chronic pain, using heated stones allows your therapist to sink deeper into affected muscles for more effective, painless release of muscle tension, creating greater ease, improved range of motion, and relief of pain.


Other Benefits:


Improve Your Sleep-

If you are struggling to fall asleep, Hot Stone Massage could help. In a study, researchers found that people who received stone massages saw reduced sleep disturbances and improved sleep quality

Get Rid of Your Stress-

Stress can take a toll on your body and mental health. A Hot Stone Massage can effectively and naturally reduce your stress and anxiety levels. This type of massage helps alleviate the tension in your muscles to help you feel relaxed. A study found that 10 minutes of massage can help your cardiovascular response

Relieve Your Pain- 

Do you suffer from chronic pain? A Hot Stone Massage is a natural pain reliever. A massage therapist can help reduce the pains by improving your body’s circulation and relaxing your muscles to reduce tensions. This type of massage will also increase your range of motion. 


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Some Things to Consider:


Might be Hot- 

If you are sensitive to hot temperatures, you might want to talk to a massage therapist first. These professionals use a temperature-controlled stone heater. The therapist will cool them down to a tolerable heat level. However, it is essential to let your therapist know if the stones are too hot for you.

Not for Everyone- 

Even though a Hot Stone Massage can provide you with amazing benefits, it should not be used on all people. For some people, hot stones can actually worsen their conditions. Experts suggest that people should avoid getting a hot stone massage if you have…

Blood clots 

Varicose veins 

Bleeding disorder



Heart conditions 

Or are pregnant


Should you schedule a Hot Stone Massage? 

Hot Stone Massage has real health benefits. Let the massage therapists at Hand in Health Massage Therapy help you reduce your stress, improve your sleep and relieve pain. Not sure if you are ready for an entire full body treatment with hot stones? Choose our Hot Stone Add-On option to use stones only on specific body areas or as finishing strokes on key areas of the body. Schedule your appointment with our therapists now in Downtown Syracuse or North Syracuse.



Licensed Massage Therapist. Licensed in 1999; Available in North Syracuse & Downtown Favorite Treatment: Hot Stone Massage Certifications: ● Aromatherapy ● Nia. Yvette offers an integrated style massage to address your specific needs. With 23 years of experience, she draws on a number of modalities to create each individualized massage. Whether you suffer from injury, chronic pain, stress, or a need to relax, Yvette is committed to help you return to ease, balance and a sense of well-being. Interests: Hiking and adventure with her dog Lexi