About Stone Therapy:
Stone Therapy is an ancient healing art that was just recently rediscovered. Its modern form came in 1994 when a massage therapist from Tucson, AZ brought it back to life. Since then it very quickly became the most influential and demanded treatment in the SPA industry in North America and had taken many forms.
Stone therapy is a type of thermotherapy. It uses deep penetrating heat from smooth basalt rocks and alternating cold from marble stones. Physiological benefits of alternating temperatures to the body have long been scientifically and medically proven.
Stone therapy goes beyond the physical experience of typical massage, and enters deeper dimensions of relaxation, health and well being. Truly “Body-Mind-Spirit” philosophy unfolds in it.
Stone Therapy is an exclusive ‘vascular gymnastics’ of circulatory system. It improves work of lymphatic and immune systems, normalizes body functions, and assists your body in self healing. It also affects the sensory system which stimulates production of neuro-chemicals that brings sense of well-being.
The ultimate goal of the therapy is relaxation that will bring balance and alleviate chronic and acute problems.
…You begin your journey by reclining on a series of flat hot and cool stones, covered by a thick towel, that trace your spine. Your skin welcomes their therapeutic energy like ripples in a pool of water. Within minutes, your body and mind begin to trust and respond to the sensations. Your breathing slows as oils are applied to your skin, the therapist, with hot stones in hands, rhythmically glide across your meridian lines. The waves of heat surprise your senses, quickly converting to bliss.
Starting at the foot, the stones move up your leg, along the side the torso and up the arm, right to your fingertips, all in a delicate, non-stop ritual. Next, your chest and shoulders receive the same mindful practice. Large stones are cradled in your palms and coin-sized stones are lightly wedged between your toes. You completely lose track where the therapist’s hands end and the velvety-soft stones begin.
Heated Chakra stones align and balance chief energy centres, sending their healing properties deep to your core. As the first half of the treatment concludes, your body feels there is more to come.
As you gently turn to rest upon your stomach, a large, flat hot stone is carefully placed on the cotton blanket, just above the tail bone supported by the sacrum. The sequence of synchronized movements follow the peaks and curves of your body, careful not to cross your spine or come in contact with bones and joints. Cool stones are placed on key areas to alleviate stress. More heated stones caress and massage every inch of your body with warmth and sedation.
Your senses detect the ritual clicking of stones, followed by the meditative deep breathing of the therapist, who guides you through the treatment to a world beyond. It’s as if Mother Nature is healing you with her own tender hands…
Nina is using 46 basalt heated stones and 6 marble cold stones in her basic introductory treatment that usually lasts for 60-75 minutes. This therapy can last for over 2 hours with use of more elaborate techniques and cold stones and different layouts of stones for different needs of a client.
The basalt stones are heated to the temperature of 125 – 135C in an 18-qoart roaster-oven. The marble stones are cold but not frozen. This combination of stone compositions and temperatures brings truly unique experience and take you on journey.
All stones in the basalt set serve different purposes – some are used for the layouts (mainly back layouts), palm rest stones, 7 Chakra stones are for bringing balance to Chakra centers, others are used in massage. There is even a governor in a set – the sacrum stone. These heated stones by giving their heat and electromagnetic energy to your client virtually ‘feed’ the person, relaxes and bring sense of peace. The polycrystalline structure of basalt stones allows the heat waves slowly distributes the warmth and attract all the blood to the surface – to the skin. Everything slows down in your body. The strokes of warm stones feel like loving mother’s hands – soothing and caressing. Mother Earth caresses you herself – basalt stones are from the Mother Earth. Peace takes you over and you embrace it. All the stress and the negative realities of life are dissipating at that time. You are at peace with yourself and the surrounding world. That’s when you truly regenerate and recover. Stones are your guides in the miracle of self healing. That is what this therapy is all about!
The cold marble stones are the key element of the Stone Therapy. The coolness from the stones penetrates deep and fast due to its chemical composition and monocrystalline structure. They feel fresh and cleansing, like the a fresh breeze in the mountains. This freshness is welcomed after the heat of basalt stones. They dissipate all physical, emotional and psychological stress. They bring clarity to you. These are the true healers.
This therapy is sensational. It takes you to dimensions of your self that you were not aware of. Truly, you become one with The Mother Earth and The Father Sky – you are the Universe… This is the therapy for todays over accelerated rhythm of life and subsequent amount of stress people carry on their shoulders and in their hearts. It teaches you how to be yourself again. Feel happy and free.
Do not try to squeeze this therapy between meeting or lunch break – you will not want to go back. After the Stone Therapy you need time to re-acquaint with your new self, you need space to explore it and relieve the moments of being one with stones. It is beautiful, it is all about love…