La Stone Massage: a new therapy at the Natural Health Clinic

May 7, 2008 at 11:16 am

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by Claire Rees

There are many benefits of this therapy, which has its roots in Native American tradition. Originating in Arizona USA, the stones enable the therapist to work deeply using temperature and a variety of techniques. Benefits of using hot and cold application on the body have been scientifically and medically proven.

The stones are used hot and cold, and enable the therapist to work deeply by alternate applications, which can have a penetrating effect on the physiological systems of the body. The alternating temperatures encourage a deep sense of relaxation and invigoration.

The heated stones warm and relax muscle tissue, increasing the circulation of blood, lymph, and digestive fluids. Chilled stones can ease swelling, congestion and pain, stimulate the nervous system, increase metabolism and tone systems of the body.

The combination creates a natural healing, with a cleansing and nourishing effect.

During the 90-minute treatment, stones are placed underneath and on top of the body enabling treatment to take place simultaneously on both sides of the body. The client is covered with a large sheet with only the area being worked on exposed. Warm oil is applied with the hands at first and then the stones are introduced accordingly – deep relaxation follows.

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