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Hot stone massage

Hot Stone Massage is a form of massage therapy that follows the same principles of Swedish and deep tissue massage but with the addition of heated smooth volcanic rock stones. Hot stone therapy can help with deep relaxation, reducing chronic muscle tension and easing discomfort and pain.
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Information about hot stone massage

The history of hot stone therapy

Hot stone massage therapy began some 5,000 years ago in India by Hindus as part of the traditional medicine system known as Ayurveda. 3,000 years later the practice was adopted in China where “Bian” stones were used while burning mugwort to treat disease, and digestion was improved by placing heated, shaped stones on their abdomens. Hot stone healing later made its way to Hawaii where medicine shamans, or “Kahunas” as they are traditionally known, would wrap heated lava rocks in leaves to bring pain relief to the body.

What happens during a hot stone massage?

A hot stone massage will usually begin with a traditional Swedish massage to relax any tension in your muscles. Your therapist will then place the warm stones the main acupressure points along your body. These areas include your spine, chest and stomach as well as your face, palms and feet. Your therapist may also use the hot stones as an extension of their hands when massaging and use techniques such as long strokes, circular movements, tapping, kneading and vibration to warm and relax your muscles and allow deeper pressure to be applied during your massage.

Hot Stone Massage Reviews

We are very proud of our reviews and hope that the positive comments from our previous clients will encourage you to come and visit us.

Fantastic massage. Walked out feeling amazing!
Johanna D.
Johanna D.
Excellent. Will definitely return. Had a wonderful reflexology and reiki massage with Kate. Thank you so much.
liz P.
liz P.
I was given an Origin voucher for a Christmas present and recently had my massage. I chose the hot rocks. How totally relaxing. Did not want to move off the bed. Fi was lovely. I was really surprised when she said the hour was up. Would definitely recommend.
Geraldine T.
Geraldine T.
Great little hidden gem, very good treatments
Melanie R.
Melanie R.
Could not praise Origin Massage highly enough! I had a great Swedish massage from Olivia. I felt very looked after and left incredibly relaxed! I will definitely be back
Paul H.
Paul H.
Had a wonderful Indian head massage with Kate. Left feeling very relaxed and refreshed. I would highly recommend.
Barbara C.
Barbara C.
The hot stones massage with Fae relaxed me so much it was comparable to doing Connected Breathwork in water. Nothing else is in the same league, lovely!
David L.
David L.
I've had a couple of pregnancy massages with Fi and all I can say is I wish I had gone sooner! I feel absolutely brilliant after and she really makes the environment lovely and relaxing.Will definitely be going again after I've had my baby for some post partum relaxation!
Rachel S.
Rachel S.
Darren L.
Darren L.
Wow, what an absolute treat it was having a postnatal massage with Fi. Having the space held for me to let my mind and body relax was extremely restorative, and so needed when I spend my life looking after two small children. I'm so grateful to Fi for helping me carve out that bit of me-time and showing me that massage is not an indulgence but an essential bit of self-care.
Lucy B.
Lucy B.
This was a real treat. A very calming and nourishing experience and I’m still feeling the benefits hours later, thanks Fi
Katherine R.
Katherine R.
Elena was great! I feel much better, thank you 😊 I will be back again.
George S.
George S.
I think I'm still floating... Best massage I've ever had. What a lovely studio and space too.Thank you Fi, look forward to visiting again.
Hannah S
Hannah S
Had a deep tissue massage with Erzsebet. Felt brand new when she had finished, so relaxed and refreshed. The space is beautiful, lovely and quiet. Perfect place for a massage.There was a misunderstanding with myself and Fi called explained and I was able to book an Indian head massage. No issues on Fi's part. I'm actually glad it happened because I get to go and have some self care again. Recommend for a lovely massage and to forget your troubles.
Lauren N.
Lauren N.
I had reiki with Katie a few weeks ago, after having a few issues, a few weeks in I’m back to my normal self, happy and funny.
Debbie D.
Debbie D.
Felt the most relaxed we’ve ever been. Olivia and Fi have my partner and I a Swedish massage. It was utterly amazing and we will be returning!
Sophie H.
Sophie H.
Wonderful relaxing massage therapy. Especially the deep tissue massage by Olivia jeffree.
whoismojo1
whoismojo1
I've just had a pregnancy massage this morning with the lovely Fi after countless recommendations and I was blown away! By far the best massage I have ever had. I feel like a new woman! The whole experience was so calming and she was so attentive. I can't wait to book another appointment and I will be highly recommending her to everyone! Thankyou so much!
Charlotte O.
Charlotte O.
Terrific massage - extremely relaxing. I'm definitely going to make a habit of this!
Erica S.
Erica S.
Got a voucher from my sister and booked myself a hot stone massage. The space itself is warm and welcoming and so were the staff, the massage was wonderful and relaxing. Fantastic place and I'll certainly be going back.
Matt K.
Matt K.
Fi was friendly, welcoming and professional. I immediately felt at ease and enjoyed a wonderful hot stone massage and left feeling great. Highly recommended.
Tobias O.
Tobias O.
I have been to Fi on 2 occasions for postnatal massages and can honestly say they have been the best massages I have ever had! I have been experiencing back and neck pain postpartum and the massages with Fi really help to ease this! I would highly recommend for anyone wanting to ease postpartum aches/ pains or if you are in need of relaxation and calm! I can’t wait book again.
Sarah G.
Sarah G.
This beautiful centre is a joy to work at. Entering through a courtyard, you immediately leave the busy-ness of the main road behind and join the peace of a tea room and antique shop. Up on the balcony you enter the Wellness Centre, where there are talking therapies and massage available. Everyone is friendly and professional, and I am proud to be part of this team of professionals. Defo recommend, whatever your body or mind may need.
Katherine C.
Katherine C.
amazing, made me feel so comfortable during my full body massage + relaxed, very glad i chose to come here for my first ever massage and will 100% be coming back, can’t fault them <3 thankyou.
Abigail B.
Abigail B.
Had a wonderful sports massage from Natalie! She got into all the tight spots on my neck, shoulders and back and released so much tension. Feeling much more relaxed now! Thank you 🙂
Michelle C.
Michelle C.
I had a pregnancy massage today with Fi and can honestly say it was the best, most nurturing massage I've ever had. Fi took time to explain what the massage would entail, made sure I was at my most comfortable with pillows, sheets and temperature, and then gave such a fantastic massage, really concentrating on my problem areas. I was so relaxed I drifted off, which I never normally do! Will definitely come again for a post-natal version.
Helen K.
Helen K.
I had a Post natal Rest and relax massage gifted to me on my baby shower, I have to say it was one of the most amazing massages I’ve ever gotten. I had a lot of mummy guilt leaving my son but honestly feel so much more relaxed which is good for both me and my baby!
M Y
M Y
I've just had the best massage of my entire life with Fi at Origins.The pregnancy massage was so incredible I almost have no words to describe it. I feel like I've been transported on a cloud into heaven.If you are pregnant and need some relaxation, do not hesitate to book in with Fi.
David F.
David F.
Always a treat coming for a massage here. It is a firm favorite. I have had several relaxing massages with Lucy and can't fault her, very professional and such a nice person.
Graham H.
Graham H.
Had a brilliant massage with Olivia, she took time to listen to what areas were troublesome and the experience was really relaxing. I felt great afterwards and would love to go again.
Rebecca B.
Rebecca B.
Had a massage with Fi after shortly having had covid - it was restorative. She took time to ask about my symptoms and any lasting effects, and and really tailored the treatment. I can't recommend origin massage highly enough!
Emily B.
Emily B.
Highly recommend! What an experience. Can't wait to book again and try one of the other massages. Thank You!!! xxxx
Aimee P.
Aimee P.
My first hot stone massage was a wonderful experience, Fi was absolutely brilliant and explained everything beforehand, she made sure I was comfortable and showed great consideration throughout. I look forward to returning for my next massage
H C
H C
Only just found out about this place and I drive past it everyday, Little gem!!Great treatment from Lucy highly recommend and look forward to my next relaxing visit.KRShane
SJT B.
SJT B.
Had a wonderful massage with Lucy. She was warm and professional, and spent time beforehand checking what I was looking for, any areas of tension etc. I felt really comfortable, the room was soothing, the pressure was just right (she checked during the massage, which I always appreciate because too much pressure makes me sore and achey for days after and it's not always easy to pipe up and say so at the time), and as the hour went on I could feel the tension melting away. I went for stress relief and relaxation, and came out feeling like I was floating. I'll definitely be back.
Bemorenannyogg
Bemorenannyogg
I had the BEST hot stone massage today from Fi. So friendly and great at checking in that everything was just right, which it was. Absolutely 100% recommend I feel all out back together and warm 🥰
Cat R.
Cat R.
What a treat! I had a 90 minute pregnancy massage with Fi and she is just fabulous. I left feeling physically and mentally lighter and very calm and refreshed. She is a true professional and expert at what she does. I will certainly be booking in another massage (or two!) before baby arrives. Having not had a massage for a long time it made me realise that my well-being should certainly be prioritised more often and it was worth every penny. See you again soon Fi! x
Jen H
Jen H
Fi is an absolute gem. I had the most relaxing, needed pregnancy massage at 34 weeks. The restless legs were totally soothed. Can’t wait for my next one.
Emelya F.
Emelya F.
Had a lovely relaxing pregnancy massage! I had never had a massage before- Fi made sure I was comfortable and really made me feel at ease. Can't recommend enough and looking forward to coming back soon.
Katy H.
Katy H.
I had the most amazing massage from Fi. She really understood what I needed and helped me to feel so relaxed. Professional and responsive, a gorgeous hidden gem! I am booked in already for my next one.
Shona G.
Shona G.
Han G.
Han G.
Absolutely incredible massage from Fi today. After having a really difficult week Fi was able to literally reset my nervous system, I left feeling 100x better than when I arrived. Fi has such an intuitive style, I felt like she read what I needed from my body perfectly. At 37 weeks pregnant I didn’t know how massage would feel on my aching limbs and pelvic girdle pain but it was absolutely magic, I feel so incredibly relaxed and the pelvic pain has even improved slightly. Fi also gave me some helpful advice with some things I’ve been struggling with through my pregnancy. Highly recommend this wonderful woman.
Rheanna G.
Rheanna G.
Suffice to say the 90 minutes went past in a flash, a most warm, relaxed and therapeutic event. Cannot recommend highly enough.
John J.
John J.
I had never had a hot stone massage before, Fi explained in great detail what it can do for me and how it should feel. Totally made me feel at ease. The treatment totally surpassed all my expectations. The stones glide so well over the body, that combined with the warmth they give out and the expert handling of them made me feel more relaxed then I’ve been in a long time as well as making my aches and pains feel better, relaxing my tense muscles. This is one treatment I will aim to have on a more regular basis. Thank you so much Fi
Emma H.
Emma H.
I had a fantastic massage appointment this morning with Fi. The whole experience felt safe, professional, relaxing and incredibly helpful for my long covid symptoms. Just what I needed. And I have already booked another appointment. I would highly recommend Fi and Origin massage. Wonderful! 👌🏼
Jen B
Jen B
I want to Fi for a pregnancy massage and it was incredible. I was suffering with painful back and shoulders as well as needing vital relaxation. Fi took the time to listen and understand my needs, was thorough and thoughtful in her approach.Her knowledge and passion around pregnancy and post natal care is incredible. I felt cared for and safe at all times. From giving me the time to get myself together pre massage, to the cleverly placed pillows for additional comfort and the time post massage. Nothing ever felt rushed or hurried.The massage itself was one of the best I've had (and I've had many). My comfort was considered through out and the environment was so cosy. It was exactly what I needed to help me reset and face the oncoming pregnancy challenges in a positive state of mind.I will definately be going back for my post natal care package 🙂
Jo H.
Jo H.
Had an antenatal massage with Fi, was so calm and relaxing, just what I needed. Would highly recommend!
Debbie F.
Debbie F.
A wonderful antenatal massage from Fi. Clearly very experienced and took the time to identify problem areas and tailor the massage accordingly. Very relaxing. Will definitely be back and highly recommend to all!
Victoria D.
Victoria D.
I came to Fi as a first timer to massage and I'll definitely be coming back soon! She was really good at explaining things and clearly knows her stuff. In addition to an excellent massage that loosened up my tight shoulders she also helped loosen my tight injured back up. Fi gave me some good tips and advice on where to seek further help to avoid injuring myself again which I really appreciated. I walked away very happy with my experience and couldn't recommend her more!
Dom W.
Dom W.
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Benefits of a hot stone massage

Deep relaxation

Adding heat to specific areas on the body enhances the feelings of deep relaxation and tranquility.

Relieves joint stiffness

Those who suffer with body aches, muscular neck or back pain will benefit from increased blood flow and flexibility to the affected areas.

Reduces stress and anxiety

Regular hot stone massages can offer a natural aid to reducing stress and anxiety and alleviating depression symptoms.

Promotes better sleep

Ideal for those who have difficulty sleeping or suffer with insomnia. A study on patients undergoing hemodialysis found significant improvement in sleep quality.

Reduces chronic pain

Those suffering from fibromyalgia, arthritis and chronic pain conditions can enjoy the effects of heated stones without excessive massage pressure.

Feel good

Enjoying a hot stone massage and gentle touch in a peaceful setting can help you feel better, happier and calmer.

What issues could a hot stone massage help address?

A hot stone massage is a form of alternative medicine massage therapy and bodywork involving the placement of a number of either heated or cooled stones to the body for the purpose of pain relief, relaxation and therapy.

Anxiety and depression

Researchers did a study on the benefits of massage for those suffering with Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and found the regular massages and relaxing surroundings improved their symptoms. The overall benefits of massage therapy to your mood may also help address symptoms of depression.

Pain relief

If you suffer with fibromyalgia, arthritis or have trouble with headaches, neck, shoulder or back pain, Swedish massage therapy could help to alleviate your symptoms and provide short term relief.

Mobility and circulation

The gentle massaging of muscles and ligaments allows for a greater range of motion to be possible in most cases. Massage also promotes blood circulation which means many people feel more energetic after a massage.

Emotional and physical stress

Both emotional and physical stress causes muscles to tense. Booking in for a Swedish massage can help you to relax, alleviate the tension built up in muscles and help to improve your mood - it's also a bit of time for yourself where you can shut the stress of daily life out and bask in some much needed me-time.

Sleep quality

Relaxation techniques are recommended for sleep disorders, so if hot stone massages help you relax it may be worth including them as part of your self-care routine.

Relaxation

Hot stone massage therapy focuses on muscle relaxation through the use of heat, this will help you thoroughly relax and feel soothed. If you need to relax more, try making hot stone massages part of your self-care routine.

Hot stone massage therapists

Fi Hennessy massage therapist
Fi is the founder of Origin Massage. She specialises in pregnancy massage and post natal massage and really enjoys supporting pregnant people during this special stage of life.
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With extensive experience and training, Erzsebet is an excellent massage therapist, practiced in a wide variety of techniques. She offers a range of therapies but her passion is for Swedish massage.

How to book a hot stone massage session

When you book a session with us, you’ll be seen by one of our professionally trained massage therapists at the Origin Massage studio which is right next door to the Sheffield Wellness Centre. Our location is a small haven of peace and tranquillity to the south of the city centre on Abbeydale Road.

To book your massage session, click the “Book a session” button and choose the type of treatment you would like, select your preferred date and time and confirm using the form.

Your hot stone massage questions answered

Life can be stressful enough without wondering about what happens during your massage session. We’ve put together some of our most frequently asked questions to give you a guide, if you have any other questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with us on 0114 3830405.

In theory, yes it is possible for a pregnant person to have a hot stones massage. That being said, a pregnant person will often feel warmer anyway so the heat of the stones may be a bit much. It might be better to go for a pregnancy massage instead as this can be a lot more suited to a pregnant person.

Alternative therapies you might like to consider

If you’re looking for something more hands on than a hot stone massage then we do have other styles of massage available.
A Swedish massage is a full body massage and is a great way to let go of stress and to unwind. With this can then also come the added benefit of helping you sleep better, among many other possible benefits.
A deep tissue massage therapy session works on the muscles and connective tissue at a deeper level and can assist in bringing relief to muscle soreness as well as speed up recovery for aches, pains and injuries.

Give the gift of massage

Are you are looking for a present that is sure to be warmly received? Are you looking for the perfect baby shower gift? Would you like to give an experience rather than ‘stuff’? When you want to give someone the opportunity to have some time to relax and unwind but you aren’t quite sure what kind of massage they would like a gift card is the ideal option!

You can either gift someone a specific massage treatment, a package or a monetary voucher they can redeem on any treatment at Origin Massage.