Tuesday, 16 August 2011

#38 - Back from holidays


I've had three great weeks of summer holidays. Visiting family in Denmark and then a week at Meschers. A time to recharge myself with beautiful sunset walks along the sea, with just the wind and waves for company. It's been a true pleasure, nourishing the very core of my being.

Now I'm back and ready to help you recharge and relax, if you've not had the chance during your holidays. Star Keys Massage & Wellness is again open. You can find me every Wednesday at 5 rue Lamennais in Paris.

Can't afford my normal prices for massages? Take advantage of my unique sliding scale pricing on Wednesday the 31st of August.

Sliding scale means that you only pay what you can afford for the massage. It's a unique opportunity, so please share this offer your friends who feels massage is out of their usual capabilities.

Book today and make sure you get a slot before I'm booked full.

As usual you can book yourself in via Google Calendar at https://www.google.com/calendar/selfsched?sstoken=UUJiVEhLNGotNFJWfGRlZmF1bHR8N2UxY2MzMjU1YTYzNDZjZjBiMWM2NTZjMjQ1NTc5MDE
or contact me via e-mail at info@starkeys.com or phone at 06 76 03 00 06. Make sure you mention "sliding scale pricing" or this newsletter.

I look forward to seeing you.

New articles since last time:

Book reviews
I always find new books to add to my collection. They serve as inspiration, tools or sources of information. The four books I review this week all serve as sources of information in the work I’m doing, as well as on a personal level.   The Crystal Bible is a must for anyone interested in …

Enjoy the last days of the summer. I certainly will.

Friday, 22 July 2011

#37 - Happy Holidays!


Star Keys Massage & Wellness will also be closed for three weeks during the summer holidays.

I'll be back in mid-August; recharged, inspired and ready to give you the massage of your life!

Return at rue Lamennais:
Wednesday the 17th of August I have a slot or two available during the day and the same is true for Wednesday the 24th. Wednesday the 31st I'm fully available again.

Returm at élément/rituel:
I'm fully available from Monday the 29th of August and onwards (not Wednesdays). It's possible to book a massage the week before, but my availabilities are limited.

The pilates studio and wellness centre élément in the 6th had new owners per first of July and has now changed name to Rituel. There are plans for new workshops and classes, and during the summer they'll redecorate and organize the place, including making a new and better massage room. It'll be interesting to see how things become after the holidays.

Recent articles:

Stone Medicine
Stone Medicine is a shamanic approach to stone massage based on Native American teachings and traditions. The courses are certified by the Geothermal Therapy Association and several courses are also part of the LaStone® certification program. The focus of the courses are on the spiritual aspects of hot and cold stone massage. Each treatment is …

Massage deals with low back pain
A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows that massage is almost twice as effective than traditional treatment (medication and physical therapy) for chronic low back pain. The interesting part here is, that the massage group was split into two. One group received full body relaxation massage (often called Swedish massage, and the …

LaStone is unique
There are of course many things that makes LaStone® unique. As it is a continuous education course, the practitioners already are skilled in bodywork. They have a solid foundation upon which they add the work with temperature and stones, thereby enhancing their already existing treatments. My LaStone® expression is a result of both my Massage …

I hope you have a most wonderful summer with lots of good and relaxing experiences. I look forward to seeing you at the rentrée!

Friday, 1 July 2011

#36 - Happy Summer Days


I've been busy transferring my blog from Blogger to WordPress these last weeks. There's still some tweaking that needs to be done, and while I'm at it, the whole graphical identity will change. I have a professional Graphics Designer working on a new logo for me and I'm excited to see what the result will be. So please bear up with me should you find broken links or missing articles.

In other news, I will be leaving for my summer vacation the last week of July. This means there are only three Wednesdays left if you want to have a massage before the holidays. Book now to make sure that there's a spot for your summer massage!

As it's the time of sales, I have a special offer for you for the month of July.

1½ hours LaStone® massage for 100€ (normal price 115€)

at 5 rue Lamennais,
75008 Paris

The offer is valid Wednesday 6th of July, 13th of July and 20th of July
Direct Booking via Google Calendar: https://www.google.com/calendar/selfsched?sstoken=UUJiVEhLNGotNFJWfGRlZmF1bHR8N2UxY2MzMjU1YTYzNDZjZjBiMWM2NTZjMjQ1NTc5MDE
Or mail me at info@starkeys.com

Remember that for every three referrals you make, you receive a one hour massage for free. Good time to get those friends of yours to book a massage so you too can have one before your summer holidays!

Newest articles:

Book reviews – Native American spirituality
If you’re interested in Native American spirituality, these books are some I greatly enjoy. I’ve learned a lot about their view on the world. Other Council Fires Were Here Before Ours is a must to read if you work with stone massage and want to understand why Native Americans see stones as “Record Keepers”...

Changes to the blog
This week I will only post a quick update. I'm in the process of moving my old Blogger blog onto a WordPress platform. The opportunities and possibilities for controlling design and setting it up is just so much greater. As a result, you might find irregularities and broken links for the time being. This is …

Happy summer!

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

#35 - Earn free massages


Lots of things are going on at the moment with my training to become a LaStone® Instructor, being in charge of LaStone® France (http://www.lastone.fr) and then of course my own massage business. Because so many things are going on, I have less time find new clients.

My goal still is to expand my opening days, but for that I need more regular clients. This is where I need your help with referrals. And I will even "pay" you for your effort.

For every three new paying clients you refer, I will give you one hour massage for free!

Yes, that's right. Get three of your friends to book a massage with me, and you will have a free massage waiting.

Google has added a new calendar function with direct online booking. I would like to ask you to try it out and test it to let me know how convenient it is for you. You need to already have a Google account/calendar, but then it'll also display your own appointments so it's easy to see if you're available.
The online booking can be found at this link.

You can still book as usual if you prefer. This is a try-out to see how it works and as Google develops the product, I intend to incorporate it on my website for easy access and use.

New articles:

Find the mistakes in this stone massage video
I came across this video recently. This is a very educational video demonstrating how you should -not- give a stone massage. This way the video becomes the perfect educational tool and I will certainly keep it in mind when I'm teaching my students.
Take a look at it and see if you can spot the mistakes and unpleasant techniques used. There is even an aspect to the massage that is directly dangerous for the client

Becoming a LaStone® Instructor

I have some very busy and packed three days ahead of me when I leave for England tomorrow. There's so much to learn and know in order to teach LaStone®. Most of it which I of course already know and utilize through giving massages as well as writing these blog-posts. But there are aspects to teaching LaStone® which isn't obvious to a practitioner or an outsider.

Thank you for your time and your help. I greatly appreciate everything you do.


Wednesday, 1 June 2011

#34 - Learning to teach LaStone®


Just a week left until I leave for my LaStone® Instructor course in England. The days are spent studying and reading up on everything I know about geothermal therapy, LaStone® and the foundation of my stone massages. It's hard to separate the advanced knowledge I have from the basic.

Thank you to all who has supported me and enabled me to achieve this goal. When I come back, I will be able to teach massage therapists and body-workers LaStone® Original Body and introduce them to the amazing path as a Stone Walker. It's exciting, but also a bit intimidating.

My Wednesday hours will not be affected by the course, and I am available for massages all of June. Book your next appointment now and be sure that your favourite timeslot is available.

Latest articles:

Depression affects the immune system

Research has shown that depression can lead to reduced immune functioning. A recent article in Massage Magazine describes how depressed people are more prone to premature ageing of immune cells, "which could in turn open the door to serious illness, such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, stroke and dementia."

Massage eases depression
Massage Magazine has published several articles about how massage can help dealing with depression. Lots of research is being done in the field. Researchers prove many things we as massage therapists intuitively have known for a long while. Now it is backed up by scientific studies and research.

Health considerations in stone massage

Working with temperature and massage always gives rise to considerations and things to be aware of. There are many contraindications in stone massage, though fortunately in most cases they just mean the treatment needs to be adjusted. It is very important that I, as your therapist, am told if you have any medical or health issues.

Enjoy the beautiful weather and share the sunshine with others.

Monday, 16 May 2011

#33 - Mother's Day Special


Mother's Day in France is soon coming, and it's time to find a present to celebrate the wonderful and amazing women who gave birth to the next generation.

To celebrate mothers, I have created a special offer for all mothers.

Experience a relaxing and rejuvenating facial massage, while becoming ceremony and honouring Ancient Native American traditions.

Mother's Day special: 45 minutes of "The Three Relations" for just 50€

Feel your tensions and stresses melt away as warm and cool stones massage your face, your body is covered with stones and the scent of white sage wafts through the air. Not only does the temperature aid complexion and circulation in your face, the ceremony can help you build strength, gain more confidence and support you in difficult emotional situations.

You can read about "The Three Relations" on http://www.starkeys.com/three-relations.shtml
and in more detail at http://blog.starkeys.com/2010/12/three-relations.html

Offer is valid until Mother's day May 29th. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Reply now - and I will make sure your gift certificate arrives in time for Mother's Day.

Lastest articles:

More thermo-therapy at home
Using alternating temperatures can create amazing results to your health and well-being. It can help with aches and pains, strengthen the heart and circulation, support the lymphatic and immune systems, as well as increase your energy levels and ability to deal with stress. In short, daily thermo-therapy is good for you.

Thermo-therapy in your shower
Using alternating temperatures can create amazing results to your health and well-being. It can help with aches and pains, strengthen the heart and circulation, support the lymphatic and immune systems, as well as increase your energy levels and ability to deal with stress. In short, daily...

Have a wonderful Mother's day celebration.


Friday, 29 April 2011

#32 - Another course preparation


Again I am preparing for a LaStone® course in England. This time it's not just learning new techniques, but learning how to teach LaStone® therapy. I am an Instructor in Training and will over the summer be able to host my own classes. This of course means that my skills will increase and I gain an even deeper understanding of working with the stones. All to your benefit.

As usual, this means saving up big time. I will be away June 9th to 13th, during which time of course I am not available for a massage. Once again I'm calling out to my trustworthy clients and encouraging that you book an extra massage, or buy a gift certificate to a friend, or a prepaid package, to support me on my journey.

Wednesday the 4th is already filling up. I only have two slots left. One between between 13:30 and 15:30 and another between 17:30 and 18:30. Be quick and book now before it's too late. You can just reply to this mail.

Starting this month, I will be sending out my newsletter every two weeks. Readers have requested a higher frequency so they can easier keep up to date with my articles and news.

Don't forget to "like" my business page on Facebook and help me spread the word. The more fans, the better. http://www.facebook.com/StarKeysMassage. This is the fastest way to keep track of news, special offers and articles.

Articles this last month:

A world of different Stone Massages
What is a "Stone Massage"? Essentially it is a bodywork modality including the use of stones one way or another. There are many different expressions of stone-work. I say stone-work, because there are expressions which do not include massage or physical manipulation of tissue.
The typical perception of a stone-treatment here in France includes passive use of the stones - stone placement on ...

Emotional benefits of massage
When we read about what massage is good for, the majority of focus is placed on physical benefits. This is easy to study and research scientifically, as it can be weighted and measured. There is another aspect to massage which is rarely mentioned. The emotional benefits. How massage affects our feelings, our mood and emotional well-being.

Massage and Pregnancy
There is a very persistent myth in the massage community that pregnant women can't receive any massages, especially during their first trimester. Fact is that during a normal pregnancy, where there are no other health concerns, a pregnant woman can without risk receive a normal massage.

About LaStone Therapy by Mary Nelson
Often people ask me what is different about LaStone, “…isn’t it just another stone massage, surely they cannot be that different?” Yet they are different, in many ways; not only is the treatment itself different but the way in which LaStone is taught stands alone from the Other Expressions of Hot Stone Massage.
LaStone methodologies are based in ancient practices of energy work and thermal...

I look forward to seeing you on the massage table.

Thank you for reading and cheers,

Thursday, 7 April 2011

#31 - Happy busy days


I'm sorry this newsletter is somewhat delayed. It's for good reasons though as it means I've simply been too busy to find time to write it! Great news indeed. My days at Lamennais are well booked and I'm right now trying to expand my opening hours. Keep your fingers crossed.

Join my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/StarKeysMassage for news, updates and workshops - please feel free to invite friends who might be interested.

I am also now on Google Places, which means that if you go to maps.google.com and do a search for Star Keys Massage in Paris you'll find me. I encourage you all to rate me and write a review of my massages, especially the LaStone so other people can read about me. Both French and English are needed.

On April 27th I'm hosting a Healing Hands workshop. Please let me know by the 15th at the latest if you want to attend. You can read about Healing Hands at http://www.starkeys.com/healing-hands-i.shtml
The price is 75€ per person. You can sign up by mailing me at info@starkeys.com or via my Facebook page (under events) at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=198888780141196

This is a day where we sit in circle, learn how to smudge, lay the altar and tie prayer ties. We discuss the Hollow Bone concept, speak about healing touch and end the day with your initiation and putting theory into practice. The course is accredited by Stone Medicine LLC (http://www.sacredstonemedicine.com/), CE provider #451227-10

New articles this last month:

No one should ever experience a burn in a stone session by Mary Nelson
Following is part of an article Mary Nelson wrote about burns and stone massages. The original article is written for therapists and includes information about the body's reaction to temperature, burns, how to treat them, treatment plans, stone heating etc. Below are parts of the article which I find relevant for the client to read.

Connecting and beginning the massage
I aim to connect properly with every client before I start the massage. I will make sure we're on the same page, that we're both ready for the work to be done and that I'm aware of your needs in this present moment. As I want to tune into your breath, and sense where some of your tensions might be stored, I start the session by pressing my hands against parts of your body while you lie...

The benefits of stone massage by Mary Nelson
I am honoured to feature an article written by Mary Nelson, the founder of LaStone® Therapy. It is always interesting to read the thoughts of someone who've worked in a field for so long.
The benefits of stone massage and how it differs from other massage therapies
By Mary Nelson, founder of LaStone® Therapy
Many people do not understand the benefits of stone massage

Client, speak up and be empowered

There is a very common misconception among people that the massage therapist always knows how deep to massage and what is best. Nothing could be further from the truth. Only the client can fully know if a massage is too painful, a stone too hot or a stretch too intense.
This is why it is very important that you as a client speak up. You have a responsibility to inform your therapist of anything

What makes a good stone massage?
How do you as a client know that you are receiving a good stone massage? For someone who has never tried geothermal therapy before, it can be hard to distinguish between a qualified therapist with an extensive education, and one who've just had a half day course or watched a DVD.
This is just a quick overview so you easily can pinpoint if your stone-practitioner is properly qualified to work..

May the sun shine upon you and bring joy into your life.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

#30 - Oh blissful spring!


With spring just around the corner it is a perfect time to wake your body from the winter slumber and energize it. Gift yourself a stone massage to get those spring-energies flowing.

I am available at rue Lamennais in the 8th every Wednesday from 9am to 9pm. Don't hesitate to book your next massage, but be quick before someone else grabs your favourite time-slot.

By the end of April I will host a Healing Hands one-day course.
A provincial date is Wednesday the 27th of April at Lamennais. The price will be around 100€ for the day. Class and all material will be in English. Reserve your spot now if you are interested, as space is limited to max 5 participants.

More information:

New articles this last month:

Friendships between client and therapist
A while ago I wrote about the relationship between client and therapist. It is generally recommended that a client/therapist relationship never develops into a friendship, even less a romantic relationship.
I have been asked if friendships can be appropriate, to which I will say, that in the vast majority of the cases, no they are not. In this post I will discuss the main reasons as to why.

Repetitive Strain Injuries
I came across an article on Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) written by Paul Ingraham which addresses some rather interesting facts and fictions. I highly recommend you read the entire article if you wish to understand the topic in depth and the science behind it. Here I will just give a brief summary.

More Sacred Symbols
I have the privilege and honour to work with clients who appreciate and enjoy the Sacred Symbols that are created by the end of each session. I record the symbols and mail the photos to the client. This way they can keep track of their progress and how things change from session to session.
Everybody finds their symbol to be beautiful. It is a touching way to remember the session...

Workshops at Lamennais
At Lamennais I have the opportunity to offer you workshops. Both as an individual and in small groups (2-5 people).
I can teach the following Workshops and Ceremonies:
- Healing Hands Practitioner
- Shamanic Journey
- Medicine Wheel and Altar
- Wellness Rituals
- Drum Making
- Geothermal Safety

I hope you too become revitalized by the sun and coming of spring. This is a wonderful time of year!

Monday, 31 January 2011

#29 - Will you be my Valentines stone?


So many positive and amazing things are happening these days that I'm filled with an overwhelming gratitude and excitement!

Having my own space at 5 rue Lamennais truly makes a milestone and I look forward to introducing you to my new space and give you and your loved ones an experience that you'll not soon forget.

To mark the beginning of this incredible adventure, I wish to share some of my love for the stones with you and bring you a special Valentine's offer:

Book a massage or buy a gift certificate before the 14th of February and receive 20% off.

My prices can be found at http://www.starkeys.com/prices.shtml

Book your massage today!

Mail me at massage@starkeys.com or call/text 06 76 03 00 06

Please feel free to pass this mail around to your friends and loved ones. Who knows, perhaps they'll buy you a gift certificate for Valentine's day!

New articles this last month:

Wellness at Lamennais
Starting today, I offer Advanced LaStone® Therapy, Stone Medicine, Shamanic Journey, Ceremonies and Wellness Workshops at 5 rue Lamennais, 75008 Paris.
This marks a milestone for me as it is my first independent place to work from. Until now I've worked from home, visiting people at their home, or worked freelance for others. Now I finally have the opportunity to truly create my own space...

Advanced LaStone Therapy
An Advanced LaStone® Therapist or Practitioner has a solid grasp of how to work with stones. You must complete at least three full length LaStone® courses, earning 12 points in the internal system.
The first course is always Original Body, which introduces you to the stones and how to work with them. Following courses are advanced and can spread over a wide range of...

Why cold stones
When I first mention to people that I use hot -and- cold stones they usually pause, apprehensive of the cold. Who can blame them. When I say cold, most people instantly think of cold weather, snow, an ice-cube down the back, freezing fingers and a bunch of other uncomfortable things.
A massage is after all meant to be comfortable...

How to treat your massage stones
There are several things you should take into consideration when you take care of your massage stones. Sanitation is the most important factor and must never be neglected. I wrote about general hygiene a while ago, and will here share the official guidelines from the Geothermal Therapy Association. They have worked with Centres for Disease...

May February be filled with love and good things.

Saturday, 15 January 2011

#28 - Fantastic News


An extraordinary mail to share with you some great and important news!

Starting in less than 3 weeks, February 2nd, I am now offering massages and sessions every Wednesday in the 8th from 9 am to 9 pm.

As a special sneak preview I give you a special offer.

Wednesday January 26th receive 20 minutes extra massage for free.

Available timeslots are:
10:00, 15:00, 17:00 and 19:00

Be quick and book your massage today.

My new address is:

5 rue Lamennais, 75008 Paris
M°1 George V or Etoile
M°2 and 6 Charles de Gaulle Etoile
RER A Charles de Gaulle Etoile
Parking Avenue Friedland

Booking and payment are directly through me. I accept cash and cheques.

This is my first own space and I'm thrilled about it.  It is my opportunity to offer to you everything that I am skilled at. This is in particular:

* Advanced LaStone® Therapy - the original hot and cold stone massage
* Energy work and Stone Medicine
* Shamanic Journey and Wellness Workshops

I look forward to seeing you at Lamennais.


Thursday, 6 January 2011

#27 - Happy New Year


I wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year with lots of laughter and good experiences.

This past year has been exciting, new skills learned, lots of new clients and working at élément spreading the LaStone® experience. 2011 looks like it'll be even more exciting.

Right now I am finalizing the rental of a massage room in the 8th, close to Etoile and Arch Triumphe. This means that I, hopefully by the beginning of February, can offer LaStone® at two different locations in Paris. Through élément in the 6th, and as myself in the 8th.

One of the hurdles I am facing is to pick the day of week I want to rent the massage room. So if you have any preference, weekday vs week-end, Friday vs. Wednesday etc, please let me know so I can take that into consideration when I choose a day. Once things pick up, I will add another day or two.

With this new space, I also have the possibility to host workshops and courses during the week-ends. This can be Shamanic Journey and Native American ceremonies, Drum-making and Healing Hands, and wellness workshops.

If you're interested, please let me know so I can begin to organize.

New articles this last month:

Benefits of LaStone®
LaStone® sessions are tailor made and unique to  the client. The wellness potential of this bodywork system goes beyond  measure. Benefits include:
- The encouragement of a natural healing  response within the body
- Thermotherapy brings supports healing, balance and rejuvenation
- The use of warm basalt stones helps to create relaxation through a combination of stone placement and massage...

Season greetings and reflections
With Winter Solstice yesterday, Christmas and New Year coming up soon, it is time for my stones to be on a small vacation, and for myself and my family to celebrate the season.
My stones have done an incredible job these last months after I started working at élément in Paris. Many people have been introduced to stone...

Healing Hands

Healing Hands the Native American version of healing and energy work. Using hand placements and working with intuition; comfort and healing is offered to the receiver. It is unobtrusive, deeply relaxing and caring. A safe practice for anyone to receive. Some even report how they feel tingles through their body, see colours and seem to float.

The Three Relations
The full treatment, The Three Relations is a combination of gentle facial massage with hot and cold stones, energy work and emotional boost.
With ceremony the stones are used and placed in accordance with ancient Stone Medicine traditions. Protection, empowerment, connection to Creator, removal of the old mask and applying a new mask to face the world.

Balancing the Water Fall
Balancing the Water Fall is a a treatment which aims to balance the flow of energies in the body. Traditionally it is thought that the water in the body is balanced and aligned. Looking at it from an Eastern viewpoint, meridian points are stimulated and the flow of chi in the body is balanced. No matter how you describe and think about it, it is the same thing going on.

All the best to you and your loved ones in this new year.