LaStone therapy is a contemporary massage technique which has been practiced for few decades now. It uses stones that are cold and hot. Yes, it is the type of massage we have seen in many movies. The luxury one!!

 It is the application of Geo-Thermal Therapy through the use of deep penetrating heated stones alternated with chilled stones to bring about a chemical release within the body. It helps to soothe our body and mind.

Heated Stones have been used to cure body aches in China for the past 2000 years. It was also used in Egypt, North and South America, Africa, Europe and India.

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In 1993, a woman named Mary Nelson from Sweden, created a massage technique using hot and cold stones and named it LaStone therapy.

What does it do?

It is an approach where the masseur alternates hot stones with cold stones. This stimulates the circulatory and lymphatic systems, helping to detoxify the body.  It also relieves pain and has an invigorating effect temperatures in massage.

The physiological benefits of alternating hot and cold to the body have long been scientifically and medically proven. Adjusting different temperatures on the body to aid in healing and to gain certain reactions is an ancient technique.

The hot stones are used to relieve body aches and cold stones are used to cure inflammations.

LaStone therapy process:

LaStone use 54 hot stones, 18 chilled stones, and one room temperature stone.  LaStone can only be performed by someone who is certified to be a LaStone therapist.

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LaStone therapy begins with gentle stretches and Swedish massage to warm up the body’s muscle tissue. The therapist places two rows of warm stones on the treatment table in alignment with both sides of your spine. The therapist covers them with a soft towel to protect you from the heat, then assists as you lay back down on them. The masseur carefully chooses the stones on the basis of their experience.

Then stones of varying weights on the body’s key energy channels, including the seven main chakras.

The chakras are

  • Root (Mooladhara)
  • Svadisthana (Spleen)
  • Manipura (solar plexus)
  • Anahata (Heart)
  • Visuddha (Throat)
  • Anja (Brow)
  • Sahasrara (Crown)
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The masseur places pebble-sized warm stones between your toes and medium-size flat stones in your palms. The therapist also uses both hot and cool stones as an extension of his or her hand while doing Swedish massage.

In cooperation with heated stones, chilled marble stones create a dramatic movement of fluids within the body.

Who should not undergo LaStone therapy?

Not just LaStone therapy, but most massages require you to not have certain conditions or illnesses to be able to enjoy it. This is due the effect caused by massages on the body.

Hot Stone massage is not appropriate if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or are on medication that thins your blood. You should not get a hot stone massage if you are pregnant or have a sunburn. You also may want to reconsider if you are menopausal, as it may trigger hot flashes.

Even though the massage/therapy is expensive, it is definitely worth the money. Make sure you choose the right place for the luxurious massage, so that you enjoy the complete benefit.

Kripa Sivasubramanian, MBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. After a long stint in the Technology sector, she took up courses in natural medicine and yoga. Ms. Kripa is certified in Ayurvedic yoga for Dosha. She is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.