Stone Medicine blends together ancient ceremonies and stones, therapist and client into a session that flows like a graceful dance, offering physical and emotional healing for the client.
Stone Medicine is a Native American wellness method from the Sioux
tribe of the plains of the Midwestern United States. It is being passed on in workshop format to new generations by Jenny Ray, an Elder and Medicine Woman.
A Stone Medicine treatment is different than many other methods of bodywork being offered today because it addresses both physical issues and the spiritual and emotional issues that often underlie them. The treatment itself is a ceremony that is unique for each client and for each session.
During a Stone Medicine session, heated and chilled stones are applied in the form of massage therapy to offer wellness to the physical body. The physical aspects of the treatment are gracefully integrated with ceremonies that help bring balance to the spirit and bring a sense of sacredness to daily life.
Many indigenous belief systems teach that all things have wisdom and a spirit; stones, trees, plants, dirt. In a Stone Medicine session, the stones offer their unique wisdom for each client. Sometimes, the session goes in the direction that you think it will and sometimes, the stones walk in a completely different direction to offer the healing that is most needed by the client at that time.
Stone Medicine is actually a collection of many different ceremonies that have evolved over thousands of years. Most Stone Medicine sessions start with wafting aromatic sage smoke over you to help clear your mind and set an intention of relaxation and healing.
Your session might involve working with crystals or essential oils. Sometimes, ancient healing symbols are laid on or around the body. There are some specific sessions to address specific concerns, such as pregnancy or neurological issues.
Shanna has received extensive training in Stone Medicine from Jenny Ray, a Native American Medline Woman and Elder. Shanna will work with you and talk with you about your needs physically and emotionally and about what is going on in your life at that time to make a plan for your Stone Medicine session.
For more specific information about the different forms that a Stone Medicine session can take or some of the different issues that can be addressed, please explore the buttons around the outside of the page.