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What is Lastone Therapy?

An authentic LaStone®treatment instantly connects one's soul with the blessings Mother Earth offers us daily; bringing warmth, cooling, vibrations and sound through the application of the stones to the body by honoring the breath and energies of the soul. Clients love the potent recharge they receive in the treatment; as they walk forth into the sacred stream of life; clients unanimously express the same feelings as they leave the treatment table. “I feel balanced. I feel cradled in Mother Earth's Energies. I feel renewed and reenergized.“

LaStone®Therapy is one of the fastest growing massage techniques in today's spas throughout USA and across international waters. Many people are seeking a connection to "Body-Mind-Soul" in their everyday life. LaStone®Therapy offers a peaceful way in which to return to ones true nature.

LaStone®Therapy capitalizes on these traditional practices with a current approach. Basalt and marble stones are the medium and the hot and cold temperatures are the message. This "vascular gymnastics" of the circulatory system assists the body in self-healing. Lastone Therapy administers this principle with unerring elegance.

The physiological benefits of alternating hot and cold to the body have long been scientifically and medically proven.

"I feel blessed, balanced and cradled by Mother Earth," they smile and turn confidently toward the day ahead.
Lastone Therapy goes beyond the physical experience of typical massage, and enters deeper dimensions of relaxation, health and well being, creating a positive approach to 'Body-Mind-Spirit' philosophy.

This form of bodywork involves the use of heated and cooled stones, Geo-Thermo-Therapy (SM), applied to the body in various ways to bring about relief to stiff and sore muscles. Resulting in alleviation of chronic and acute problems that many of us deal with on a daily basis.

Geo-Thermo-Therapy (SM) principles are just one of the ways that makes Lastone Therapy a success. Combining the knowledge of the ancient ways in this treatment is in my opinion the most effective in bringing balance back into your life.

About the stones

Heated stones in LastoneTherapy
Basalt Stones is the primary stone in Lastone Therapy.
The type of basalt that is used in Lastone Therapy is modified igneous rock that is formed by volcanic and sedimentary action. Basalt is the most abundant of the volcanic rocks, especially plentiful in those regions that have undergone volcanic disturbance within geologically recent times. Most present-day volcanoes erupt basaltic material. This type of basalt is usually made up of polycrystalline olivine, an iron-magnesium silicate.

There are several varieties of basalt. Most contain olivine and iron-magnesium silicate; those containing notable quantities of this mineral are known as olivine basalt. This olivine basalt is a fine-grained stone that is very dense and forms fine crystalline masses. The stones begin to form when gabbroic magma erupts as lava flows or intrudes at shallow depths to form dikes and sills. Vesicular structure is prominent at the top of the lava flow. Gasses trapped in the cooling lava form vesicles; after solidification, secondary minerals like quartz and zeolites fill these cavities.
The density of the stones is 2.5 times the weight per volume of water. The hardness is 7 on the Mohs' Scale of 1-10, a diamond being a ten. The basalt that I use has been formed downwind of the volcano and then cooled slowly. Their composition has changed as metamorphosis has taken place and they have crystallized again and again, causing their great density. Then they have been broken and eroded by steam or water activity. The stones then washed along a river bottom or ocean shore and were given their smooth potato-like shape and size.

The long understood healing properties of basalt stones are stability and strength, clarity in difficult times, easing anger and promoting understanding in such situations. It has been said to enhance the reproductive system and increases fertility.

Petoskey Stones are fossilized colony corals (Hexagonaria percarinata). Approximately 350 million years ago warm salt water covered Michigan. In the depths of this sea, the members of the coral colony lived. It is a compound coral in that many animals lived together in a colony. The soft living tissue of corals is called the polyp. The polyp hardens into corallites, a skeletal base that secretes a limey substance, supports the polyp and keeps it from being buried alive by bottom debris. The limey skeletons were replaced by calcite or silica in a cell-by-cell process called petrification.
When glaciers scraped the bedrock surface, fragments of this rock were carried and deposited elsewhere, primarily in the north half of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. Similar fossils of the Hexagonaria genus occur in many parts of the world such as Emmet, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, and Alpina countries, but the "percarinata" is limited to the Traverse Group in Petoskey, Michigan. In each hexagonal chamber of the coral lived a small saltwater marine life organism. The hexagonal chambers are sometimes referred to as 'eyes'. These 'eyes' are actually the coral's mouth. When the coral was living, tentacles radiated from its mouth and brought in food. These tentacles are the lines coming out from the edge of the eyes of the stone. The small flecks seen in the eyes of the stone are the coral's food, which became petrified along with the coral.
Petoskey rid ourselves of the negative energy and is said to have an effect on the third and seventh chakra.

Chilled stones in Lastone Therapy
Organic rock, such as Marble and Sardonyx, come from living organisms. They are formed directly or indirectly from materials that were once living and are made up of mostly calcite and limestone. Calcite is colorless or white when pure, but may be of almost any color with varying shades of red, pink, yellow, green, blue, lavender, black or brown, owing to the presence of diverse impurities or sugar veins. It may be transparent, translucent, or opaque. Its luster ranges from vitreous to dull. Many crystals, especially the colorless ones, are vitreous, whereas sugar veins are properly referred to as granular masses, especially those that are fine-grained, and tend to be dull.
Calcite is number 3 on the Mohs hardness scale; it can be scratched readily by a knife. Most fresh water and seawater contain dissolved calcium carbonate. All limestone is formed when the calcium carbonate crystallizes out of solution or from the skeletons of small sea urchins and coral. Limestone is a rock made of calcite.
Most limestone is gray, but all colors of limestone, from white to black, have been found. Deposits of limestone are typically formed from the shells of creatures such as clams and certain microorganisms. The shells collect on the ocean floor, accumulate and compress into rock over time. Some sedimentary rocks are formed when a sea or lake dries up, leaving large amounts of dissolved minerals that then concentrate and form solid rock. Marble is formed by the alteration of limestone by heat and pressure. The calcite in the limestone changes and fossils and layering in the original limestone disappear as interlocking grains grow. If the limestone is pure, a white marble is formed. Limestone may include layers of clay or sand, which may form the attractive sugar veins (colors) found in marble.
Marble is used for protection; many altars are made of marble for this purpose. It is also said to aid in personal success and body fitness. It is common knowledge that marble is the stone of choice to adorn castles, churches or any building that is a place of honor and authority. Marble will assist in recalling your dreams and promotes mediation. In relationships, it supports common sense and matters of the heart.

Sardonyx (chalcedony microcrystalline quartz) is a blend of sard and onyx, with red bands of sard and white bands of onyx. Onyx, Sard and Sardonyx all have a hardness rating of 7. It is incorrect to name this rock onyx without the word marble. Onyx marble, Sardonyx or Marble stone is formed from water containing lime in layered deposits, and always banded, near springs or as stalactites or stalagmites in caves. Unlike marble, Sardonyx or Onyx marble are formed when cold water carrying dissolved calcite drips into underground caves. As the water evaporates, a thin film of limestone is left behind. Over many years, these deposits build up to form pillars, spikes and other shapes. Limestone, marble, sardonyx, and travertine are all in the family of organic rock.

The stone sardonyx is millions of years old! The natural processes of heating/ cooling and pressure create a crystalline stone rich in color and pattern that reaches well below the surface to reveal a truly unparalleled depth of opalescent hues that dazzle the mind. Sardonyx is quartz crystals fused together by nature into translucent layers of stone, revealing a rainbow of colors ranging from creamy whites, shades of gold and ambers, orange, reds, browns, deep greens, and grays. To appear completely black it must be dyed; this stone is then called Onyx. True Sardonyx is a form of calcite; beware of calcite being passed off as Onyx. Sardonyx is quite hard, whereas Calcite can easily be scratched with a fingernail. Ironically, in the Greek language the name onyx means fingernail because of its translucent appearance.

Sardonyx is said to help with sleep, offering one a sense of protection, aiding in a deeper state of relaxation, so sleep comes easily to those who take this stone to bed with them. This stone balances both male and female polarities. It relieves stress and anxieties by enhancing this balance and self-control; it eliminates negative thinking, apathy, stress & neurological disorders, aids in detachment of unwanted relationships and inspires a sence of inner calm and serenity. Sardonyx is the stone of joy, self-control and wise decision-making. It is a very popular stone used in many rosaries and said to assist one in spiritual inspiration, concentration, devotion and protection against incantations and black sorcery.

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