The Ancient Art of Hot & C
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 aid digestion. The Chinese have been using heated stones to relieve muscular tension and improve the function of the internal organs. Native Americans believed stones have souls and invoked memories of lost truths. Hawaiian Kahunas, (medicine-men), would heat smooth volcanic stones in the coals of a fire, rolling the stones leaves and castor oil.
Marble is a kind of metamorphosed limestone that is white or light in colour and formed beneath the sea floor. Physically, it is thought that the benefit of cold marble, improves the processing of calcium in the body.
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.
Warm Stones or Thermotherapy soften fascia structure faster and go much deeper than traditional massage therapies. Heated stones increase blood circulation, lymph flow, digestive fluids and create sedating effects. It also assists in alleviating aches and musculoskeletal pain.
A variety of natural stones can be used; Basalt stones are often rounded and smoothed, the volcanic thermal mineral structure retains heat longer than Jade or river stones.
Combining thermotherapy with massage techniques can provide an effective healing therapy. The use of natural stones in conjunction with massage, uses powerful earth energies to help the patients own healing process.
Ocean or river tumbled stones can often be used in a natural state, but are not as heat-retaining as basalt.
White or green jade are often used more for cold treatments and 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.
Warmth from stones also has the benefit of geomagnetism from a Earth source; creating a