A hot stone massage is a type of massage that uses hot, black basalt stones, which are applied to the body. The stones are placed in warm water and heated to a temperature of around 60?C. The goal is to provide therapeutic relaxation of the muscles with the heat from the stones. Cold white stones made of marble, known as cold stones, can be used to compliment the hot stones during a massage. The cold stones provide an opposing sensation to the relaxing warmth of the hot stones. Using stones of different sizes, the energy centres of the body can be stimulated with the effect of invigorating, stimulating and encouraging creativity.