Have you ever felt during a massage that the masseuse was just not
strong enough to push through the ridges of tension in your shoulder
blades, and at the same time not gentle enough to melt the tension between
Then try La Stone massage therapy, a post-modern combination of gentle
massage with ancient tools of penetration.
La Stone massage therapy blends the ancient Native American
art of stone massage with modern massage techniques to create a massage
experience unlike any other you have received on a massage table before.
The Native Americans used rocks which were either heated or cooled
to relieve the body's pressure points as a form of alternative medicine
for the mind, body and soul.
The Native American art has been refashioned to meet the stresses of
La Stone therapy was born when well-known massage therapist Marie Hannigan
combined the age-old native tradition to encompass heat therapy, the
medicine of basalt stones, with the energy work performed by a therapist.
Ms. Hannigan felt that she was unable to work deep enough with her clients,
and found her hands were getting tired and compromising her ability
to perform deep tissue work. Ms. Hannigan claims that a spirit came
to her and told her to refashion La Stone and teach it throughout the
world to help bring clients deeper relief and better health.
The La Stone massage experience is like no other, as it is meant to
pleasure the body, as well as the soul. To begin, the therapist lays
a stack of cards on the table and asks the client to choose one with
the left hand. According to Native American folklore, the left hand
guides the energy out of the body. The card it picks will serve as your
energy card throughout the session. The cards usually contain pictures
of different animals on the other side. The therapist will then read
the significance of this animal and what it meant to Native American
The massage therapist begins the massage with the normal hand massage;
the focus depends on the client's preference. The massage will then
progress to the stones, which are black basalt stones. The stones are
heated to a temperature between 125 and 150 degrees.
The stones are used in one of two ways. The first is similar to a heating
pad. The stones are placed under soft towels and the client lays on
them. The second way is as heated tools. The therapist will use the
stones as an extension of their hands to deeply work through muscle
tension. La Stone encompasses both hot and cold sensations. Some of
the stones are cooled instead of heated. The cooled stones, white in
color, are also multi-purposed, and can be used to sooth inflammations,
to comfort tired eyes, or as part of a technique called "the chase"
which involves both temperatures as part of the therapy.
The heated stones are placed all around the body's energy points, including
the hands, in-between toes, along the back, the stomach, on the eyes,
forehead, etc. These energy points are referred to in the field as chakras.
La Stone massage therapy is just beginning to emerge as a popular form
of massage therapy. It is truly a unique and exhilarating experience.