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metamorphic stones for body work

from 12.00

metamorphic stones for body work

from 12.00

get metamorphic sea stones for thermotherapy here

Complete Body Therapist Kits and Individual stones,
collected and assembled for you by Carollanne Crichton
as seen in Healing Stone Massage DVD’s by Real Bodywork

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get metamorphic sea stones for thermotherapy here

Complete Body Therapist Kits and Individual stones,
collected and assembled for you by Carollanne Crichton
as seen in Healing Stone Massage DVD’s by Real Bodywork

These Massage Stones meet the 4 criteria for use in massage and bodywork:

1. Composition

Composition is the most important of all 4 criteria.
Stones to be used in healing bodywork and massage must contain a core of iron ore, in order to retain and emit a radiant quality of warmth.
Remember, we do not call our work “Hot Stone Massage” for the very fact that our stones, our tools, allow us to operate in 5 distinct temperatures,  (Warm, Cool, Hot, Cold, & Contrast Thermotherapy) and to apply the skills of thermotherapy appropriately.

The temperature of a stone to be used in layouts, or local sauna (swedana) should not be hot, but, rather it should be “warm”, or no higher than 98 degrees to 100 degrees under and over the reclined recipient.

Without iron ore in its composition, a stone cannot be used in a layout.

The majority of commercially packaged “massage stones’ are either river rocks or Mexican beach pebbles, that were originally cultivated for the landscape industries. They do not contain iron ore. These river stones and igneous “beach pebbles’ from Mexico, although smooth and colorful and lovely in appearance, only offer 2 of the 5 thermotherapy temperatures; very hot on the surface only (too hot) or cold to the touch, which is not safe to be used in direct contact with the skin.

What kind of stones are the stones offered here at Solavedi?

The stones you see here are 100% hand gathered, curated sets or pairs of Metamorphic Igneous Sea Stones.
They are collected and assembled personally by Carollanne Crichton, the originator and author of “Healing Stone Massage “ (DVDs 1 + 2 by Real Bodywork).
Stones and sets are not always available, and, priority is given to students and participants in the Stone Massage Certification Trainings.

Metamorphic igneous stones from the North Atlantic ocean coastline possess a standard thermal radiance quotient TRQ12-20; which means that the consistent  temperature, or, heat radiance quotient, measures in lengths of time lasting between 12 and 20 minutes per stone.
Their heat is radiant, or, starting from the core and moving outwards rather than burning hot.
Another feature of iron ore is its magnetism.
In the case of sea stones with iron ore, the quality of magnetism is low, constant, steady & diffuse, though it is not di-polar like a magnet with a positive end and a negative end. It is geomagnetic, meaning, it comes from the earth. The exact name for this type of geomagnetism is called “paramagnetism’, and it tells us that the magnetic characteristics include absorbing the magnetic force of surrounding emissions.

Scientists have verified that stones found along the Scotian Shield in the North Atlantic sea beds are between 400 and 600 million years old, and have recorded the naturally occurring polar shifts of the planet every 12,000 or so years (similar to reading tree rings as an aging and chrongraphy science)


In healing bodywork, this geomagnetic remanence factor is another important criteria relevant to the composition of the stones we use.
The human body, and its cellular functions respond to this gentle form of polarity in combination with the radiant warmth.
This is explored in depth in our training.

The shapes of the stones we offer meet this criteria, of how well a stone will fit into and around the natural contours of the reclined body.
In putting together stone sets for therapists, Carollanne keeps in mind the pairing of stones that will be laid on top of the massage table and which will line the sides of the spine. At the lumbar curve, you will use a plumper pair than you would use at the thoracic region.

Likewise, for the trapezius region, a conical though plump shape is chosen to be “inserted” into the soft tissue spaces created by the neck and scapulae. And, the neck actually receives an occipital wedge rather than a neck roll type of shape.

These are just some examples of the curatorial expertise that is applied to each and every stone kit offered here at solavedi by Carollanne Crichton


This criteria goes hand in hand with #2 above, the shapes we want.
But more specifically, the size of each stone will determine how long it will maintain it’s radiant warmth, whether or not it is a layout stone or a “palmstone” (ones used hot, in active stroking), and where it will be used on the body.

The smaller a stone, the shorter the time of heat. Larger stones retain more heat, and for this reason, are preferred for foundation and maha marma layouts. Of course, smaller stones work best in facial work, so, a complete stone kit contains a broad spectrum of stone sizes.


Only after having the benefit of comparing sea stones with river stones does one have knowledge of varying textures and how texture impacts the body in massage.

 Smooth stones are very soft feeling and often feel just like a warm hand rather than a stone.
A textured (not rough or chipped or cracked) stone feels similar to a warmed, gentle brushing against the skin and may be helpful in massages aimed at stimulating lymphatic movement.
Additionally, the texture may serve to bring focus into the area being worked on which is generally centering to the recipient.