Hot stones

THE ANCIENT ART OF HOT & COLD STONE HEALING THERAPY.

THE UTILIZATION OF STONES FOR HEALTH AND HEALING HAS BEEN AROUND FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS, IN MOST CULTURES. THE JAPANESE WERE KNOWN TO HAVE USED HEATED STONES TO WARM THEIR ABDOMENS TO ASSIST DIGESTION. THE CHINESE HAVE BEEN USING HEATED STONES TO RELIEVE MUSCULAR TENSION & IMPROVE THE FUNCTION OF THE INTERNAL ORGANS. NATIVE AMERICANS BELIEVED STONES HAVE SOULS & INVOKED MEMORIES OF LOST TRUTHS. HAWAIIAN KAHUNAS, (MEDICINE-MEN), WOULD HEAT SMOOTH VOLCANIC STONES IN THE COALS OF A FIRE, ROLLING THE STONES IN LEAVES & CASTOR OIL.

IN 1993, MARY NELSON DEVELOPED WHAT IS KNOWN TODAY AS LASTONE THERAPY WHICH USES A SYSTEM OF 54 HEATED STONES, 18 COLD STONES, AND A SINGLE ROOM TEMPERATURE STONE. INCLUDE A SPIRITUAL ELEMENT, WITH USE OF CHAKRA CRYSTALS TO HEAL THE 7 INNER ENERGY VORTEXES. BASALT STONES: ARE OFTEN ROUNDED & SMOOTHED, THE VOLCANIC THERMAL MINERAL STRUCTURE RETAINS HEAT LONGER THAN JADE OR RIVER STONES. OCEAN OR RIVER TUMBLED STONES: CAN OFTEN BE USED IN A NATURAL STATE, BUT ARE NOT AS HEAT-RETAINING AS BASALT. MARBLE: IS A KIND OF METAMORPHOSED LIMESTONE THAT IS WHITE OR LIGHT IN COLOUR AND FORMED BENEATH THE SEA FLOOR.

COLD MARBLE & WHITE OR GREEN JADE: ARE OFTEN USED MORE FOR COLD TREATMENTS & CRAFTED FOR SPECIFIC TASKS (FACIALS OR UNDER EYES). ALTHOUGH JADE CAN BE USED FOR HEAT, IT WILL NOT HOLD THE HEAT AS LONG AS BASALT. WARM STONES OR THERMOTHERAPY: OFTEN FASCIA STRUCTURE FASTER & MUCH DEEPER THAN TRADITIONAL MASSAGE THERAPIES.

HEATED STONES CREATE SEDATING EFFECT. THERE ARE A FEW CONDITIONS THAT MAY BE EXACERBATED WITH THE USE OF HOT STONES. * ALWAYS SEEK ADVICE FROM YOUR MEDICAL PRACTITIONER.

ANXIETY:   SMOOTH CHILLED MARBLE STONES ARE OFTEN USED FOR THIS TREATMENT & WHEN PLACED ON THE BODY, THE MIND FOCUS IS ON THE BODY, RATHER THAN THE MENTAL STRESS ISSUES OF LIFE.

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