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Geothermal Therapy, LaStone, Tools

Properties of massage stones

It is no coincidence that the stones I use in my massages are those they are. Not only are their thermal properties important, but also the nature of the very stone plays an important role. Stones are harvested with respect for nature and treated well.

Time is taken to find the right basalt stones which were created via volcanic eruptions thousands and thousands of years ago. Water shapes and polishes the stones creating the best massage tools. They are smooth and round, with no sharp edges. You can find a stone to suit every type and form of massage. Basalt can range from greenish and reddish grey to deep black. The colours indicate the mineral content in the stone, and the weight the density. The heavier a stone, the more heat it can retain and the longer it can be used during a massage.

Marble is created from organic material and pressure. It can be found in a wide range of colours. Pure white, green, blue, red, pink, and even black. Because marble stones have been cut from slaps of marble and polished, their beauty becomes an important part of their use. There is something very pleasant and savoury to be massaged by beautiful and colourful marble stones. Marble is a stone that stays cold for a long time and is perfect to use for cold stone massage.

The sardonyx is a unique organic stone as well, created by deposits and pressure like marble. They can practically have all kind of colours, arranged in intricate layers and patterns. They work just as well as marble to stay cold and for massage. They can be incredibly beautiful and fascinating to work with.

Energetic properties of the stones I currently use:


“The long understood healing properties of basalt stones are stability and strength, clarity in difficult times, easing anger and promoting understanding in such situations. It has been said to enhance the reproductive system and increases fertility.”


“Marble is used for protection; many altars are made of marble for this purpose. It is also said to aid in personal success and body fitness. It is common knowledge that marble is the stone of choice to adorn castles, churches or any building that is a place of honour and authority. Marble will assist in recalling your dreams and promotes mediation. In relationships, it supports common sense and matters of the heart.”


“Sardonyx is said to help with sleep, offering one a sense of protection, aiding in a deeper state of relaxation, so sleep comes easily to those who take this stone to bed with them. This stone balances both male and female polarities. It relieves stress and anxieties by enhancing this balance and self-control; it eliminates negative thinking, apathy, stress & neurological disorders, aids in detachment of unwanted relationships and inspires a sense of inner calm and serenity. Sardonyx is the stone of joy, self-control and wise decision-making. It is a very popular stone used in many rosaries and said to assist one in spiritual inspiration, concentration, devotion and protection against incantations and black sorcery.”

There is always a stone which will appeal more to you than others. Please don’t hesitate to find your own stone and let your LaStone® therapist know which one it is. They’re our gifts from Mother Earth.

Quotes: LaStone® Therapy

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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