An Advanced LaStone® Therapist or Practitioner has a solid grasp of how to work with stones. You must complete at least three full length LaStone® courses, earning 12 points in the internal system.
The first course is always Original Body, which introduces you to the stones and how to work with them. Following courses are advanced and can spread over a wide range of different techniques. These ranges from deep tissue and sports massage, reflexology to energy work and Native American practices.
I learned the basics of geothermal therapy and how to work with stones during my Original Body course. That taught me to give wonderful relaxation massages, which works deeper and more profoundly than the massages I gave before. It was a sneak peek into the world of geothermal therapy as well as energy work and some Native American traditions. I then knew stones is the way to go for me.
Afterwards I completed the Deep Stone course, where I really learned how to work with cold and how to do very effective deep tissue work. This added an incredible range of tools and techniques to my massages. Being able to really release those deep tensions in the body and make people feel rejuvenated and energized after a massage. This is when I really learned how geothermal therapy works and why cold is so important to use in every stone massage.
The third course I completed was Sacred Strokes I. This is where I learned about the Native American approach to stone massages. I learned about energy and emotional work, and how to implement those aspects into my normal massages. My relationship to the stones grew and became stronger, my understanding deeper. So now I have regular intuitive leaps when working with the stones, coming up with new ideas and techniques which are just perfect for the person in that moment.
Now I give stone massages which are a combination of relaxation, deep tissue and energy work. Sometimes a massage is mostly focused on the physical aspect – the release of tensions, dealing with sore muscles and provide relaxation on a physical level. Other times my massages are mostly emotional and energy work – supporting people in letting go of stress and worries, preparing them for tests or helping them deal with a difficult emotional situation.
The Deep Stone course prepared me for the intense physical work and the Sacred Strokes course taught me how to work with the emotional and energy aspects of bodywork.