What is LaStone Therapy?
LaStone Therapy, developed by massage therapist Mary Nelson, is a massage technique involving the placement of hot and cold stones at points along the body in order to stimulate blood flow (thermotherapy), and reduce inflammation and swelling (cryotherapy).
How does it work?
LaStone Therapy begins with an ordinary massage involving oil prior to introducing the application of stones to specific areas of the body in a variety of patterns and combinations depending on the needs of the client. The hot stones, which are water-heated, are smooth volcanic black basalt collected from riverbeds, whilst the cooled stones are usually polished white marble. The combination of the two can have a pain relieving effect, which proves beneficial when attempting to alleviate both chronic and acute muscular problems.
What can it treat?
Overall, LaStone Therapy can be used to treat muscular problems, assist in the circulation of blood and drainage of lymph nodes. The treatment creates an optimum healing environment and helps to induce a deeply relaxing meditative state.
Other benefits include:
- The promotion of a natural healing response within the body
- Thermotherapy brings about healing, balance and rejuvenation
- The use of warm basalt stones helps to create relaxation through a combination of stone placement and massage
- The treatment helps to restore balance on a physical level
- Alternating between hot and cold flushes the body of toxins, cleanses the lymphatic system
- A combination of temperature through massage helps to tone muscles
- The application of cold temperatures helps to relieve muscular tension without the painful after effects of sports massage
- The application of cold helps to reduces inflammation, scar tissue and promotes mobility
- Alternating temperatures helps to releases emotions
- LaStone principles can work on a spiritual energy level