In Hot Stone massage, we use smooth basalt stones to massage the body. There is evidence of black stones being used in many cultures, with the warmth of the stones being used to heal, relieve muscle pain or simply to create warmth. Basalt stones are said to provide strength and stability, clarity of mind and promote calmness. Warm stones placed on the body will cause a heating of the area directly underneath. The heat will cause the blood to flow more quickly to the surface. Circulation increases and, when this occurs, a number of other changes take place including a widening of the blood vessels; increased metabolism, liver, kidney and bowel function, improvement of the lymphatic system and stimulation of the autonomic nervous system. The aim of the treatment is to create a deep sense of relaxation and well being as well as easing muscle tension and improving circulation.