Did you know that alternating hot and cold therapy aids in flushing out the toxins of the muscles? Basalt stones have been known to hold heat, and marble stones retains the cold temperatures, When used in a hot stone massage and later followed with a cold stone massage, the alternating temperatures cause the blood vessels to dilate and then constrict. If repeated several times, the muscles begin to relax and flush out the body’s toxins. Many clients are afraid of cold stones when applied to the skin, but the cold temperatures are great for neck and shoulder pain. Applying cold stones for 10-15 minutes actually decreases swelling and numbs your pain and discomfort.