I have spent the better part of 3 years educating on the differences between oils, lotions, creams and gels and their benefits. They do have distinct differences in viscosity and glide and whether you choose water based or oil based, at the end of the day it all comes down to what feels best in your hands and what your clients like. I think there are some basic guidelines massage therapists or body-workers should be aware of. [···]
Cooler temperatures are finally starting to appear in more stone services throughout the country but we are finding that our ability to explain the application is affecting our ability to provide the service. There are several factors involved in bringing cool stones into your service.
In the first news letter I shared with you, I covered the importance of working with cooler temps and how it helps the body heal. There are several factors involved with chilled marble stones [···]
I have been a stone massage therapist for over 10 years and teaching it since 1998. The technique of stone massage has changed a great deal for the massage and spa environment since its conception in 1993. [···]
As massage therapists, our role is to initiate the natural healing process which lives within each one of us. But, due to life’s circumstances our body is not always our best friend. We are trained at a very young age to hold in emotions and to not express our feelings. As we get older most of us don’t even recognize the turmoil that we have created inside our own bodies. As adults we have become quite proficient at masking our feelings which makes our day-to-day lives seem quite healthy. [···]
Stone work has been used for centuries as a healing practice by most indigenous people. Over the past ten years, stone work has entered the spa industry on many different levels. The use of Reiki/Energy Work, Swedish Massage, and Deep Tissue Therapy are just a few techniques that have been represented in this modality. The least recognized in this group is the use of ‘hot and cold stones’ for deep tissue application. [···]
Prior to my first LaStone Therapy workshop with Mary Nelson in 1997, I was a typical massage therapist with a background in sports and medical massage. My approach at the time was very one-dimensional and the notion of associating spirituality with my work never occurred to me. However, during that first workshop with Mary, I learned about working with intent. I learned the importance of being aware of the energy that we all have when we work, but the bigger question remains what to do with this energy and how do we channel it into our massage work? The answer for me was through the use of stones. [···]
Body wellness for quite sometime has been multidimensional with numerous choices on how to help the body heal or increase its performance level. When looking at the functional aspects of the human body, massage therapists and personal trainers are on the front lines of this movement and the role that they play is coming more to the forefront. [···]