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Geothermal Therapy, The client

What makes a good stone massage?

How do you as a client know that you are receiving a good stone massage? For someone who has never tried geothermal therapy before, it can be hard to distinguish between a qualified therapist with an extensive education, and one who’ve just had a half day course or watched a DVD.

This is just a quick overview so you easily can pinpoint if your stone-practitioner is properly qualified to work with stones.

Some good signs:

  • Uses both hot and cold stones during the treatment
  • Utilizes proper sanitation;
    – disinfectants in the hot water
    – cleans cold stones with high proof alcohol before putting them back into the icebox
  • Checks with you if the temperature is good
  • Only places warm and cool stones directly on your skin – not hot and cold
  • Makes you feel relaxed and energized at the same time
  • Is a member of the Geothermal Therapy Association, or is educated at a school which is approved by GTA

Some warning signs:

  • Very hot or cold stones are placed directly on the skin, essentially burning you
  • You feel too warm and begin to yawn a lot
  • You have a starting headache or begin to feel uncomfortable
  • The stones look dirty and greasy even before the massage starts
  • Doesn’t check if you use medication or suffer from medical conditions
  • Doesn’t adjust the temperature when you say the stones are too hot

I would love to hear from you and hear what good or bad experiences you have had with stone practitioners. Did you go to a spa or therapist receiving a treatment that made your red warning light shine? Would this list have hindered a bad experience?

Please share your thoughts and experiences with good and badly qualified stone practitioners.

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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