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Stress relief with Cocooning

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Cocooning can be a great stress reliever, both from current work stress as well as old emotional wounds. The best way to illustrate this is to use a couple of case studies from some clients I have recently given a cocooning to.

One came to me after work with a headache after a stressful day. She felt burnt out, tired, and lacking motivation for doing her job. As part of her salary is commission based, the current economic times are particularly stressful for her.

After she lay on the table, I put on relaxing, quiet music and began to place the hot stones under and on her. Some were placed under the neck and shoulders to warm the tense muscles causing her headache, and the rest were placed to warm her up and give her the feeling of one long hug. While she lay with the stones I massaged her feet, again focusing on the areas related to neck and shoulders, but mostly just giving her a caring and warm foot massage that would help her relax.

After half an hour’s treatment with stones and foot massage, she came out of the massage room feeling revived and refreshed. And she told me how her headache had disappeared while I massaged her feet. In the days following she had much more energy than usually, so much so that people actually commented upon it.

For her the Cocooning is a perfect treatment to deal with work related stress, especially when too busy for a full massage.

Another example is an elderly lady who came to me seeking to try something new. She’s a very spiritual lady and teaches yoga in spite of her age. She was curious about the stones and could feel their earth energy. She received the treatment with the stones around her as well as a gentle foot massage with essential oils. I could sense I should be gentle with her as not to overwhelm her emotions with the treatment.

Afterwards she asked to be allowed to stay alone on the table for a while longer. Half an hour later she came out of the treatment room indicating desire to speak to me. She told me how it had released some very old tensions. The treatment had been so powerful that she had cried afterwards, releasing old emotions and pains. She seemed much more serene and balanced after the treatment, and very thoughtful. She asked to come back and continue with the Cocooning, as she felt it had done her much good.

For this lady the Cocooning aided her in healing old hurts and pains, letting go of some of the past and becoming more balanced and happy.

Even if Cocooning doesn’t include much physical manipulation of soft tissue, it can be an incredibly powerful treatment, both physically and mentally. Cocooning is very suitable for those who can’t otherwise receive a massage, as it’s very gentle and not intrusive.

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About Pia Poulsen

Pia Poulsen is educated as a wellness massage therapist at Institut FIGARI in Paris, from where she passed her certification exam in January 2008. Since then she has expanded her skills to become the first Advanced LaStone® practitioner in France as well as a certified LaStone® instructor.


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