It is hard not to be sceptical about alternative therapies. And I most definitely was when I was invited to try the Original La Stone Therapy at the newly opened Heddon Holistic Therapy Centre. I mean, can lying on a bed of warm stones really be the secret to spiritual, mental and physically harmony? I wasn’t convinced.But on my arrival at the beautifully refurbished centre on Taberna Close, in Heddon, therapist Val Thornton seemed very keen to introduce me to the wonders of hot stone massage. The treatment she specialises in and enthuses about so much originated in Arizona.It uses warm volcanic stones that are placedon top of and underneath the body, and they are used in the massage itself. Converts like Val claim it can create balance and harmony on all levels, and effect chemical, physical and spiritual healing within the mind and body.
After hearing this I began to wonder.
Did Val think I was unbalanced, and in need of spiritual healing?
Thankfully not. While the
LaStone Therapy is useful for treating an array of ailments, it is also
said to be a great way to unwind and de-stress after a long day at work.
“It is deeply relaxing,” Val explained. “You really address mind, body and soul. It is very therapeutic.”
“It is also good for people recovering from illness and injuries, and can help build up the immune system.”
Val tookme into a darkened room with scented candles for the treatment.
Lying on several stones
felt odd at first but strangely comfortable. They were so expertly
positioned that within minutes they seemed to have sunk into my spine
and I forgot they were even there.
As strange as the idea of
being pushed and prodded with stones was, I found the massage extremely
relaxing, even when Val placed hot little stones between each of my
toes. Once again they seemed to sink into my body and I almost forgot
they were there.
Val says she has had clients tell her they feel like they are floating after finishing the treatment.
While I did not experience
this I certainly felt chilled and particularly sleepy. And as much as I
hate to admit it, I found it a very good use of 45 minutes.
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