There are so many different stone treatments today, that it is difficult making a decision as to which particular treatment one would like to add to a menu - five years ago this decision was made easy for myself, as a therapist offered to give me a Last one treatment and I knew at once that this was the ultimate body treatment and I HAD to learn how to give this unique experience to others - so off to London I went to be taught by a very special person, Jane Scrivner, one of Mary Nelson`s teachers and also the author of "Lastone Therapy" and co-author together with Mary of the Lastone manual.
What made this such a unique experience was a number of factors - firstly, the fact that for the first time I experienced stones on my body in such a way as never before. The warmth and silky smoothness of the stones relaxed me, I felt a bonding with Mother Earth, her nurturing arms embraced me, the heat of the stones soaked into deep areas releasing tension - I felt a comfort and sense of protection that I had never experienced in any other body therapy.
Some of the benefits of the short term application of heat include:
Then there was the energy work, it translated into a deep caring from the therapist giving me that first treatment - she seemed to be in sync with my own life force, respecting the very rhythm of my body, honoring each and every breath, mindful of each touch whether with her hands or just placing a stone on my body - I felt so special, so privileged! I now understand more and realize that this is the heart and soul of a Lastone Therapy treatment.
And what about the cool stones, how could cool stones possibly enhance this delicious treatment? Yes, they do and are an integral part of the healing, balancing, detoxifying and rejuvenation that Lastone brings about. The application of cool is more difficult to understand and embrace, yet it is vital to this treatment. Cold, initially causes vasoconstriction forcing blood away from the area but on removal of the cold stone, fresh nutrient rich blood rushes into the same area, this process not only assists in the removal of toxins but also ultimately heats the area, and is far more effective than a warm stone in relaxing tight muscles, in relieving pain and reducing inflammation. Hydrotherapy is based on these principals i.e. the use of hot and cold.
What makes Lastone Therapy so all embracing is the fact the both hot and cold stones are used in any singular treatment. Thorough training is needed to understand the benefits of this and it is vital to understand how to marry the use of both temperatures to the benefit of the individual. One needs to understand how to adjust the degree of temperature and duration thereof to each specific need. Understandably one is only dealing with healthy individuals yet within this spectrum there exists a variety of health issues such a muscle pain, pregnancy, diabetes, arthritis, over and underweight, high and low blood pressure, back pain, fibromyalgia, menstrual pain and more that require adjustments of time and temperature to achieve maximum benefits. Virtually everyone can benefit from a Lastone treatment as long as the practitioner is mindful of and understands the use of temperature and its benefits.
There is benefit in both hot and cold, but together their synergy adds up to far more than their individual attributes. I think that I can do no better than to quote from Jane Scrivener's book "Lastone Therapy", `Virtually everyone can benefit from a LaStone treatment. The chemical changes manifested in the body can be compared to a workout at the gym. They increase circulation, tone muscles, increase deeper breathing, and instill total relaxation, deep cleansing and processing of all organs, boosting the metabolic rate and systems and advancing immunity. There are hardly any conditions that would not benefit from this treatment. The ability to vary and thus tailor the treatment is simplicity itself. The ability to balance the client is profound`.
So my trip to London provided me with the knowledge and ability to give this wonderful treatment to many of my clients and I have not yet had anyone walk out of my treatment room not loving and benefiting from this therapy. My thanks to Mary for bringing this treatment to so many and to Jane for being my first teacher.
An article about Lastone Therapy by Sharon Warrener - Lastone therapist and Lastone trainer.