The use of heat as a therapeutic modality has been around for centuries. You will have certainly used a hot water bottle to sooth your belly when you had stomach ache. We often naturally turn to heat when we are in pain: e.g. hot baths, hot water bottles, wheat cushions, compresses and jacuzzis. This much can be said for certain about hot stones: they are deeply relaxing, and they enable the massage therapist to work much deeper, improving the outcome for the client. Heat can be used as inexpensive self-care at home (no stones required!). When applied before trigger point work, acupressure and stretching the results can be truly amazing.