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Difference between Cocooning and Castle Building

I have previously written about Cocooning and how it can be a great stress-relief. I’ve focused on creating a safe environment where people can let go and just feel warm and nourished, to allow them to relax and let go of stresses. In LaStone terms, they call it Castle Building and I’ve always wondered about that name. It didn’t seem right to me and how I felt about the experience.

It turns out it all comes down to intent really. For me a Cocooning is a transformation process. You go in as one and come out as another. Like a butterfly in a cocoon. This can be great changes; like deep insights and emotional healing, or it can be gentle changes; as from stressed to relaxed. The stones and the process allows the person to change her state of mind, her emotions and well-being. Depending on the needs and level of change, foot massage or other things can be implemented. This way it becomes a therapeutic experience on a physical level as well.

In Castle Building it’s less about transformation than it’s about giving the person strength. Many find it difficult to say no, or keep strong during times of hardship and challenges. For these Castle Building can do wonders. With the aid of the stones, they find strength, confidence and energy to deal with what life is throwing at them. Depending on the person, a Castle Building session might focus more on energetic work than physical techniques. The intent of the session is completely different from that of a Cocooning.

There is also a third type which can be called Bury Your Soul. Essentially it’s about leaving the old behind and emerge fresh without the burdens of the past. This is closer linked to Cocooning, but again the intent is different.

So, when you approach the therapist for a Cocooning or a Castle Building, please let her know what you would like to achieve from it and what the intent of the session should be. Pure stress-relief, personal growth, building strength, nurturing and comfort, spoiling yourself or what have you. It will make a difference as to what happens during the session.

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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