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La Stone Therapy
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La Stone Therapy
La Stone therapy, also known as hot and cold stone therapy, is a type of massage that uses smooth, heated and cooled stones to relieve stiffness and soreness, and to restore energy to aching muscles and joints.

During the therapy, heat-preserving warm basalt stones and cool sedimentary stones are applied by the massage therapist to balance a clients chakra. La Stone practitioners also perform hand massage to assist with the unblocking of energy and to direct blood and lymph flow throughout the body.

During a La Stone session, stones of all shapes and sizes are used. The stones are heated to varying temperatures - ranging from 0- to 140-degrees Fahrenheit - to elicit physical healing, mental relaxation and a spiritual connection to earth energy.

The theory behind La Stone massage is that warm stones will encourage the exchange of blood and lymph circulation throughout the body, and provide soothing and healing heat for deep-tissue work. Hot stones are used for encouraging circulation and for easing stiffness; cold stones are applied to aid with inflammation, to encourage blood to move away from a swollen area and in some cases to balance male/female energies. Benefits of alternating hot and cold stones during a La Stone session have been known to encourage the circulatory system and the self-healing process.

During a La Stone therapy session, the massage therapist will place warm stones in varying positions along a clients body. This will rebalance their energy. The specific stones can also be used as place markers by the therapist for specific trigger-point work. The alternating heat and cold of La Stone thermotherapy encourages body-mind harmony and healing. During the therapy clients will notice their body temperature, heart and breathing rates rise and drop. This indicates a rapid exchange of blood and oxygen in the body.
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- Jen and Doreen M.

Thanks for the peace and tranquility which we will miss. Such wonderful energy and healing, from the waters to the massages, from the ambiance to the fellowship with the owners. I leave with your love still singing in my heart.

- Miriam B., Twisp, WA

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