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Hot Stone Massage Therapy Professional Qualification diploma course
With course creator and instructor Deborah Casey
Natural, holistic and complimentary therapy for improved health, vitality and well-being.
Massage therapy with hot stones is a wonderful decadent therapy that is luxurious and an advance practice to add to Swedish body massage and a great addition to aromatherapy massage. Indeed the hot stones, or the cooling marble stones, offer many therapeutic benefits. I have provided combination therapy, in my private clinic, using heated stones with aromatic oils, and I have used heated stones in Reflexology and I have used the heated stones in a way that never required another person to apply them. In this course I teach the traditional application of heated stones as taught to me, you will also learn about the cooling marble stones and marine stones; please note at the present time this course is being reviewed and updated.
The past has provided a rich, vibrant and wonderful array of holistic and complimentary therapy which in today's contemporary society have become ever more invaluable as health services are stretched and many people are suffering burn out from stress, tension and anxiety.
These mind states can create real physical tension in the body and the body sends signals of disturbances such as restlessness, agitation, indigestion, insomnia, pain, mind fog, confusion and a sense of emotional chaos, all as warning symptoms to stop and make changes.
We find in ancient cultures the value of traditional healing practices, known as holistic therapy, a way to relax and relieve the mind and body of these states and this then allows a flow of expression and reconnection to soul and spirit.
When we apply heated volcanic basalt stone to the body tension begins to dissolve, there ensues a relief of tightness and restriction and aches and pains are soothed and eased and results in deeper comfort. From the basis of heating stones hot stone massage developed and has now become a world wide therapy most often provided in spas and retreats.
This is a decadent therapy, a therapy that indulges the mind, body and soul and the basalt stones provide a grounding energy, they help to clear the chakras of any negativity and restore balanced to the brain, body, being.
Professional Qualification Diploma in Hot stone massage therapy provides a fully comprehensive course of study. Upon successful completion of course criteria (below) students can apply for a professional diploma and access to professional membership group (international membership) and professional practitioner indemnity insurance (UK and EU member states at present time) those in other locales will need to make enquiries about insurance and regulations pertinent to their location.
Introduction to your training provider
History and back ground of stone therapy
Reception, consultation and record keeping
Contra-indications and contra-actions
Anatomy and physiology
Equipment and treatment area
Health, safety and security
Demonstrations of hot stone massage
Learn about case studies and practice these
Case study - to receive a professional qualification students are required to conduct 6 case studies = 6 clients receive 6 treatments each = 36 hours practical experience.
Students, who do not wish to become qualified therapists, are welcome to enrol and participate in learning stone therapy for their own personal use and share with family and friends.
To receive your professional qualification the following requirements must be met:
Completion of the hot stone back massage course (evidence of remaining enrolled onto this course is required)
Completion of the professional body massage course (evidence of qualification from this course and remaining enrolled onto this course is required - no exceptions).
A copy of your Udemy certificate (we check our register to ensure students remain enrolled onto their course)
Submission of 6 case studies (outlined above)
Completion and submission of coursework assignments that are assessed
·Enrol today and you can...
· Access a fully comprehensive course of study that has been approved by the International Institute of Complementary Therapists and British Holistic Therapy Organisation
· This is an advanced therapy and builds upon your body massage qualification that has been received from us.
· With this course you build your knowledge and confidence in your chosen modality
· This course is useful for ultimate health and wellbeing, to share with family, friends and loved ones as well as with private clients
· Enjoy and share the many benefits of holistic therapy thought heated stones
Hello and welcome, and thank you for enrolling onto this course that is aimed at training students in Hot stone massage. This is a professional diploma qualification class that takes students through a comprehensive training programme. This training course provides about 9 hours of online lessons, 15 articles and 28 downloadable resources and support on the platform.
Hot stone therapy is technically known as geothermotherapy. La stone therapy is another name but is trademarked. This method involves the use of heated and chilled stones to affect a chemical release inside the human body. Geothermotherapy" is a treatment that is 10 times more effective than a normal massage.
Geothermotherapy can include the use of hot compresses, heat pads and hot water bottles used to promote circulation in peripheral vascular areas or to relax tense muscles; applications of cold thermotherapy will reduce the circulation and reduce or prevent swelling. The warmth of these heated stones penetrates muscles and balances the nervous system like no other treatment.
This course is delivered in sections with bite size segments of lessons. After watching or listening to each of the lessons you will go on to do further reading; you will require a book in anatomy and physiology and stone therapy or you may simply read articles on the internet to support your lessons.
This class requires that you have 6 volunteers to receive therapy at one full therapy session a week for 6 weeks, this allows the volunteer to feedback and be your case study report. It is best that the volunteers are fit and healthy and without any health complaints. If volunteers have any contra-indications you will need to liaise with their medical physician to ensure that the therapy will be safe for them.
By the time you have completed this training course your will understand and implement:
Maintaining safe and effective methods of working when providing hot stone massage treatments.2
Understand essential anatomy and physiology, contra-indications and contra-actions3
Consult, plan and prepare for treatment with clients
Provide hot stone therapy treatment to client
Give after care advice to client
This concludes this overview let’s progress…
Course assessment and contact
In relation to assignments and coursework, it is recommended that you create a computer file on your computer desktop and then store all your assignments in this. Once you have completed assignments and case studies you will send them to me at for marking. Once that is completed feedback will be provided along with your final exam. The final exam is to be completed and returned within 7 days. Should you need an extension please contact me at the email above.
This Professional qualification course is a comprehensive study
This course has been quality checked by Udemy
This Professional qualification course has been approved by the IICT
Upon completion of the course you can obtain your Udemy certificate of completion directly from the platform (this does not qualify you as a professional therapist but you will require this to submit to us for a professional qualification)
Your professional qualification, that you get from us, will gain you membership with the British Holistic Therapy Organisation and thereafter you will be able to obtain professional insurance cover from their partner group (this incurs fees separate to those paid to Udemy for this course)
A professional qualification will only be provided upon successful completion of all coursework that you submit for assessment - there is now a small fee for the administration of your diploma.
Assessment questions are in the resource section and final exam is supplied upon request
As part of assessment you will be required to submit case studies with private information of your volunteer clients redacted to maintain privacy of confidential information
Note there are no exceptions to these factors and these may be amended as necessary
Hi I am a fully qualified and experienced holistic therapist in many modalities including hot stone massage therapy. I've continued my learning over the decades through CPD and learning hot stone therapy was part of that ongoing development. But I was resistant to CPD!
When I completed my initial professional therapy training I had no inclination to continue on and advance my massage therapy practice. However professional membership requires continued professional development and I wondered about putting off further training due to medical issues.
But it was after I had a major pelvic surgery and recovery was taking a longer time to complete I was off work and decided to enrol and study hot stone massage therapy. I took this course initially online at home then enrolled at a local college and this proved to be a mixed experience!
and so I accessed a blended learning approach...
The college class was badly organised and the group often disruptive and chaotic and so the practical sessions were more like a school playroom. But regardless of this I gained the practical hands on experience which supported the at home study that had no visual demonstrations to access and study to practice. One thing that was noticeable in the classroom setting was the need to have the ambient heat turned up to avoid the client becoming chilled - you will be hot and perspire but the client will be very comfortable.
Since I completed both courses I've received clients who loved the hot stone treatment, they don't quite like the cold massage experience. Whether it is a half hours heated stone back massage or leg massage, or the full 60 to 90 minute session, they have expressed feeling as though they are floating and drifting in deep relaxation.
This is certainly a treatment modality worthy of adding to your healing tool kit and something to share with loved ones as well as offering to clients.
As you progress through your programme of learning the following questions are to be considered and answered. They do make up part of your overall coursework and assessment.
In relation to gaining a professional qualification: you must ensure that you complete all the questions and submit for assessment
In relation to not gaining professional qualification: you may want to learn hot stone massage therapy but not want to complete coursework etc, that is fine but we do not provide a professional qualification in this case.
You can highlight, copy and paste the questions from this part into a word document and then work through your answers. I suggest you take your time, and it is fine to read and research to gain more knowledge to facilitate your learning. You may amend your answers to meet your local regulations and laws.
The professional practitioner
1) What is the most important aspect of being a professional practitioner?
2) Why is hand hygiene so important?
3) What type of soap should be used in hand washing?
4) Detail the professional attire that is worn during therapy sessions?
5) List the items that should not be worn when providing professional therapy.
6) Why would we not wear the items listed in number 5?
7) What can you consider doing if you smoke and are due a client in for treatment?
8) Consider the self-health questionnaire - what is one practice that can support balancing your own health and well-being that you will work on?
9) Outline and then discuss the importance of medical agreement to therapy; include why, when and how you would do this.
10) In about 500 words describe why professional standards are important
Client consultation; answer the following questions in detail
1) What is the purpose of client consultation?
2) Why it is important to encourage and allow time for clients to ask questions
3) Outline some of the effective communication methods used in consultation with clients.
4) What must you do with client’s private and personal information? Explain your answer.
5) Why is it important that clients provide information about health issues?
6) Outline the important factors for recording client responses to assessment questions?
7) What is the legal importance of client questioning and recording responses?
8) Why do assess the clients posture, skin and consult with them before giving treatment?
9) Why do therapists assess the neck, spine and shoulder areas of a client before providing treatment?
10) What protective equipment must you wear before conducting examination of the head and scalp, and other areas?
11) What actions must you take should you find a client has a head lice infestation?
12) Outline the importance of maintaining client modesty and dignity, including what steps you take to maintain these states.
Preparation for treatment
1) Outline the importance of providing clients with clear instructions about the removal of relevant articles of clothing, accessories and general preparation for the treatment
2) Explain the importance of reassurance of clients during the preparation process in relation to maintaining modesty, dignity and privacy; include actions you would take.
3) Explain how you select the appropriate massage oil that is suitable to the clients skin.
4) Describe the treatment routine applied to your clients; include positioning and your own posture. Also consider how would you provide treatment if you have health compliant yourself (feet – plantar fasciitis, low back pain or other condition).
5) Describe what actions you perform to prepare yourself before and after treatment, both mentally and practically.
After care advice for clients
1) Outline and describe the lifestyle factors and changes that may be required by the client for them to improve the effectiveness of the treatment.
2) Outline the post-treatment after care advice you provide to clients; what restrictions apply to all clients after treatment?
There are various supplementary documents to download and print off to aid you in completing your course.
Consumer rights in the UK
Here in the UK the public have various consumer rights and these come under the Consumer rights Act 2015. This Act brought together and streamlined 8 other pieces of legislation into one and so made consumer rights easier to understand. The Act also covers digital items in addition to regular items and purchases. The Acts provide consumers with a right to repair or replacement of faulty digital content such as on-line film, games, music downloads or e-books such as this. It is your responsibility and it is very important to check before you make a purchase of digital content that it is suitable for your purposes and compatible with your hardware or software.
However in a salon, spa or therapy clinic it is essential to ensure that what services are being offered and advertised meet with the trading standards regulations. That you are clear about the terms and conditions of your business and that these are fair, transparent and prominent. As a consumer it is wise to take time to ask about terms and conditions especially around cancellations and rescheduling services.
About returns; the short term “right to reject” allows consumers, clients and customers to return goods to a trader within a 30 day period for a full refund but only if your core rights have been breached and the burden of proof is placed upon the consumer to show that the goods are not satisfactory, fit for purpose or as described.
Self assessment activity
Research your local area for holistic therapy services around stone therapy treatments and check over the advertising literature and their terms and conditions. Consider whether this meets the legislated requirements and make your own notes.
Anatomy, physiology and pathology
A mandatory unit of learning in all holistic therapy modalities is an understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology. In this section students learn a brief overview of the 12 main body systems; there are other sub-systems that are unique to specific modalities such as the olfactory and limbic systems in Aromatherapy and the energetic systems in Reiki and that of Reflexology where blocked energy is released through specific techniques.
Student activity and assignments:
At the end of the supplementary pdf document there are questions. Students are expected to research and read further around the subject areas, label the diagrams that are supplied and then write short essays, of no less than 500 words and in their own words, about each systems structures and functions.
There are 12 primary body systems and each performs a valuable function. The systems are:
1. The Skeletal system
Providing the internal structural framework for the body, this provides a support system for all the appendages of the body. At birth there are around 300 bones of the body but in adult there are 206. There are four types of bone cell each with a specific role and function and found at different locations within the bones. The four bone cell types are: osteoblasts, osteoclasts, osteocytes and osteo-progenitor. The skeletal system provides movement through various joints.
2. The muscular system
Providing the soft tissues and structures that are layered upon and attached to the skeletal system, the muscles allow the movement of the body. There are three types of muscle tissues and these are known as cardiac, smooth and skeletal. A muscle cell is known as a myocyte; these cells are long, tubular and develop from myoblasts through the process of myogenesis.
3. The nervous system
There are two elements to the nervous system the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system; this system includes the senses. The nervous system is an intricate system of nerves and cells that transmit information to and from the brain and spinal cord to all areas of the body. There are two types of cells within the nervous system these are the glial cells and neurons; glial cells have four roles these are to: give structural support to the neurons, to insulate the neurons, provide nourishment to neurons and the removal of waste products from the area. The neurons are the communicator cells of the entire nervous system which spreads throughout the entire body. There are over 7000 nerve endings in the hands and feet. This system includes the sensory system which comprises the structures of sight, hearing, olfaction, taste and touch.
4. The circulatory system
The circulatory system comprises the heart, arteries, veins and capillaries and the blood. Providing clean, oxygenated blood to all the tissues of the body the circulatory system works in tandem with the respiratory system which is made up of the lungs, bronchioles etc. As the deoxygenated blood passes through the lungs this is re-oxygenated and then travels on its way around the body – this is a constant process. The heart then pumps the oxygenated blood around the body through a complex network of arteries, veins, and capillaries. The blood also takes other nutrients to various organs and cells and removes waste products to be eliminated by the excretory systems. Glands excrete various hormones and these too are transported to specific sites for further action and function.
5. The respiratory system
As mentioned in the earlier recording the respiratory system works in tandem with the circulatory system. The respiratory system consists of three major units; the airways, the lungs and the muscles of respiration. The airway consists of the nose, mouth, pharynx, larynx, and trachea. The lungs are two lobes and situated either side of the body and contain the bronchioles. The muscles of respiration include the diaphragm and various other muscles of the spine and thoracic cavity. Working in a unified manner, these various components of respiration, transport gases of oxygen and carbon dioxide between the lungs and the exterior environment. This process is known as gaseous exchange and this occurs between millions of alveoli in the lungs and the capillaries that surround them.
6. The lymphatic system
The lymphatic system consist lymph vessels, ducts, nodes and various other tissues. This system is part of the immune system but also works alongside the cardiovascular system. This system passes through all the body and circulates in a similar way to the blood. There are about 600 lymph nodes that swell in response to infection through bacteria or other organisms and immune cells. The tonsils, spleen, thymus, and bone marrow are all involved in the lymphatic system. Each day around 2 litres of fluid seep from the cardiovascular system into the body. The lymphatic system receives these fluids that are known as lymph. Lymph is a clear fluid substance that is obtained from blood plasma. Other roles played by the lymphatic system are fluid balance and absorption of fats and fat soluble nutrients.
7. The renal system
The urinary system filters the blood and removes toxic waste from the body. The system consists of: two kidneys, ureters, one bladder, and urethra. The kidneys consist of millions of nephrons which filter the blood. The purpose of the system is to eliminate waste from the body’s functions in the form of urine, regulate blood volume, pressure and ph balance. An extensive blood supply to the kidneys via the renal arteries allows blood to be processed to remove waste. The blood then re-enters the system via the renal vein.
8. The digestive system
The digestive system consists of the gastrointestinal tract and the accessory organs of digestion which are the tongue, salivary glands, pancreas, liver, and gallbladder and structures such as the teeth in the oral cavity of the skull. Digestion involves the breakdown of food into smaller and smaller components, until they are miniscule and can be absorbed and assimilated into the body. The process has many stages, the first of which starts in the mouth and ends with excretion of faecal material which is the end product of digestion. As the bolus of food progresses through the alimentary canal it is pushed through the peristaltic waves along the colon and then onto the bowel, through the rectum and out of the anus.
9. The endocrine system
This a collection of glands and organs the produce chemical messengers that flow around the body to various sites that activate a response; for example the pituitary gland will signal to other endocrine glands to stimulate or inhibit their own hormonal production as in the case of the anterior pituitary lobe will release adrenocorticotropic hormone to stimulate cortisol production in the adrenal glands as a response to stress. The main endocrine glands are the pineal gland, the pituitary gland, the thyroid gland, the thymus, the adrenal glands, the pancreas and the ovaries in women and testis in men. Hormonal imbalance can arise from stress and pressure on the body and this can then lead to various other illnesses and imbalances that cause symptoms of dis-ease.
10. The reproductive system
The female reproductive system is designed to conceive carry and deliver a baby; this system is consists: internal organs –the vagina, the cervix, the uterus, the fallopian tubes, the ovaries. External organs include the vulva which contains all the external tissues of the female genitals; mons pubis, pudendal cleft, labia majora, labia minora, Bartholin’s glands, clitoris and vaginal opening. The male system consists: the penis, scrotum and internally the epididymis, vas deferens and accessory glands; male systems produce sperm that when fertilizing the female egg can lead to pregnancy.
11. The integument
The skin, hair, nails, sweat, and glands is the largest organ of the body. The skin has several layers and is the largest organ of the human as it covers the body. The skin has various functions and these include production of Vitamin D when exposed to sunlight, temperature regulation, sensory detection, protection of the inner tissues of the body, against infectious organisms, excretory via perspiration, storage of water, fat, glucose and vitamin d are just a few of the functions of the skin.
12. The cellular system
The body is made of many millions of tiny cells, invisible to the human eye, and within each cell are smaller parts called organelles. Each cell has an invaluable function and that co-ordinate with each other. Cell has an outer membrane called plasma membrane and regulates the transportation of molecules in and out the cell. The membrane surrounds organelles. There is a nucleus which stores the DNA which is likened to an instruction manual for how the cell operates. As you consider your assessment activity, which follows, think about how the body systems are made up of specialised cells and research this subject and include brief information of this fascinating subject.
Your assessment activity is to:
Draw and label the skull, the vertebra of the neck and a diagram of the shoulders and label their structures. Draw and label the spinal column and a spinal disc. In no less than 500 words, and in your own words describe the structures and functions of the skeletal system.
Draw and label the organs of excretion; the kidneys, bladder and other structures, the bowel and intestines. In no less than 500 words, and in your own words describe the structures and functions of these organs.
Draw and label the brain, a neuron and then in no less than 500 words, and in your own words describe the structures and functions of the neurological system.
Draw and label a diagram of a human cell. In no less than 500 words, and in your own words describe the structures and functions of the human cell.
Draw and label a cross section of the skin. In no less than 500 words, and in your own words describe the structures and functions of the skin
Draw and label the lymphatic system. In no less than 500 words, and in your own words describe the structures and functions of the lymphatic system.
Draw and label the muscles of the head, face, neck and shoulders. In no less than 500 words and in your own words describe the structures and functions of the muscles of the torso and appendages.
Draw and label the organs of the cardio and respiratory system and then in no less than 500 words describe how massage affects the cardio respiratory systems.
Retain a copy of your work in your portfolio of learning and submit a copy for assessment
Contra-actions of stone therapy
There are a variety of contra-actions to stone therapy here we take a look as some of these; you must remember to explain to clients about contra-actions and if they do not improve within 24 to 48 hours to contact their GP for advice.
But firstly what is a contra-action? A contra-action is a reaction to treatment either during or after a therapy session and because we are all different then our response to treatment will also differ for each person. Any of the known responses can occur during a session, immediately once the treatment has finished or up to 48 hours after. It’s essential to inform your client of these symptoms and advise these are part of the healing process, sometimes called a “healing response”; the symptoms will pass and are a sign that the treatment has been advantageous.
We now look at a list of contra-actions that could arise during or following stone therapy massage:
· Hyperaemia left by the heated stones; as an initial response generated by the internal response from the heated stones that rapidly increase of blood flow to the area and as such the heat aids tissues to relax, soften and tightened congested areas are able to release stagnated fluids which are expelled from the body and clean blood is able to circulate and provide fresh nutrients to the area. These areas should return to normal skin tones within the time of the treatment or shortly after. It is wise to note that should an area remain red, that this is an indication the area is very congested and needs some extra work. Why this may happen is that there could be congestion in a muscle, congestion in an underlying organ, energy or meridian blockage, use of extreme temperatures of stones, loosening and de-congesting the tissue. It is important that where any reaction to extremes of temperatures or temperature sensitivity you remove all stones, maintain accurate records, advise the client to seek medical advice if required.
· Erythema - reddening of the skin
· Allergic reaction
· light headedness/headache
· extreme tiredness and fatigue
· Increased/heightened emotions
· feelings alert and wakeful
· Aching, sore muscles
· bloated stomach
· Deep relaxation and a sense of detachment from reality
· Increased and excessive urination
· Sweating and perspiring
· aggravated skin condition
· disturbed and unsettled sleep
· Conversely improved sleep
· burping and flatulence
· Old injuries begin to ache
After care advice
After care advice is what we ask clients to follow to help gain the best possible results from their treatment and detailed below, again it is most useful to have this information included on your information leaflet to give to clients after taking payment.
After therapy ask your client to rest, take their time when moving and also provide your client with a glass of filtered water to help with this healing process straight away, this will also help them to ground and awaken more fully especially after a very deeply relaxing treatment.
Drink plenty of filtered, purified water (6-8 glasses) as this will aid elimination of toxins that have just been released from tissues.
Avoid or reduce smoking cigarettes to help reduce sabotaging or defeating the purpose of a detoxifying massage treatment.
Avoid alcohol for at least forty-eight hours before and after treatment as this will help to prevent dehydration and increasing the toxic load on your body.
Avoid heavy and spicy meals and choose a light healthy meal preferably organic salads and fruits.
Rest, relax and recuperate after treatment to allow body to heal and settle.
Avoid bathing or swimming for a minimum of eight hours, preferably more, to allow oils to seep deeply into skin for maximum effect and this leads to taking care in sunlight and sunbeds – avoid!
Do not carry heavy baggage etc to allow muscles to ease off and settle down.
Avoid and do not take stimulants such as tea, coffee, fizzy drinks, and other substances such as “drugs” even over the counter paracetamol to be avoided as this will put the liver under more pressure; where possible substitute with organic herbal or fruit teas.
Below you will read a brief description of various techniques applied in a hot stone massage therapy session. These methods are looked at in a little more detail in the next section.
Alternating: this is a technique that involves altering and swapping the stone-held hands beneath any part of the body.
Circling: with this the technique the heel of the hand is placed vertically and the stone is circled on the location.
Clanking: the placement stones are struck against each other (if your client wants a relaxing massage avoid this technique).
Compression: this technique creates calming. The use of the stones, sand or wheat bags, are placed on top of the placement stones. The weight of your hands can increase compression.
Crisscrossing: this technique applies a gliding criss-crossing motion with smaller flat stones.
Draping: this technique uses the clients own body weight to drape over the stone and give depth of pressure.
Flushing: this is a light, sweeping technique using the large flat stones to soothe and help elimination of an area that has been provided deep precise treatment.
Friction: this is a technique that applies hand sized stones onto the skin in a back and forth motion
Edging: this is a method that opens a muscle with the use of the edge of a stone to push or “scrape” the muscle fibre’s to release.
Gliding: this is a method that uses consist of sliding a hot oiled stone along the muscle in a long, effleurage type sweeping motion.
Elephant walking: this is a practice that is similar to compression but is done by alternating the hands up and down the body slowly like an elephant’s feet walking, for example hands placed either side of the spine and padding upwards and downwards to release tension.
Rolling: this is a very basic and simple practice that is achieved by rolling a round stone back and forth or up and down the body.
Heeling: this is a method that employs the heel of the hand to deepen the depth or specificity of gliding.
Lift and drag: this method employs lifting a stone against the underside of the body so that it drags rather than glides along the muscle.
Rubbing: this method is achieved by briskly rubbing the sides of two stones against each other; avoid this method if the client has indicated they wish to have a relaxing treatment.
Paws digging: this method employs a movement akin to that of a dog digging with its two front paws.
Sandwiching: this is a method that applies covering a body part with a stone on either side.
Sandwiching: this is a method that applies covering a body part with a stone on either side.
Energetic vibration: this is a method that uses the stones to create a vibration that sends energy deep into the body through tapping, clanking, or rubbing together.
Pin and stir: this method employs holding the tip of a stone in place on the belly of a muscle. Then application of movement of the limb in a range of motion is conducted around the pinned stone.
Tapping: this method is achieved by application of action whereby very specific vibration is sent vertically into the body by tapping one stone directly down onto a placement stone.
Squeeze, twist, and slide: this is a practice that involves squeezing a stone up from beneath a body part, and then rapidly twisting and sliding it the rest of the way.
Sneaking under: this is a practice that employs fetching a stone beneath the body in a smooth and subtle fashion.
Teetering: this is an advanced technique that utilizes draping on a very specific part of the body.
In the next lecture we look a little deeper at each of these techniques.
Tips for hot stone massage
My personal use of hot stones has included the incorporation of heated wheat packs; I purchased a bulk of 6 and a neck wheat pack. Warmed in the microwave the wheat packs can be wrapped in hand towels and then placed under the spine, around the neck, under the arms and legs, and on the stomach area.
I set up my treatment couch, and as each of the packs have been heated I've wrapped them in a towel, placed them on the couch wrapped them again to retain the heat as the others have heated. I have a fairly large microwave oven and the sole purpose is heating the wheat packs.
Once they are heated i place them with one pack for spine, four for legs and another two for arms and the neck pack is around my neck. I lie down on top of the wheat packs for about ten minutes and then turn over.
Other times I use the neck wheat pack to sit on and to place my feet on! Yes, for coccyx, sacral and lower leg pain this is wonderful. Simply heat the neck and two ordinary wheat pack and sit on the neck pack and place the other two under the feet on top of a towel. The heat will absorb into the upper thigh and the pelvic area and the feet and travel up the calves.
For headache I will use a combination of heated wheat pack and cold stones. The heated neck pack I place around my head and two small, basalt, cold stones I place on my eyelids.
For earache, jaw pain or toothache place the heated wheat pack or warmed stones onto the area and rest for around 15 minutes.
Arthritic swelling in the hands alternate hot and cold basalt stones. The heat will soothe arthritic pains and dilate blood vessels allowing improved circulation. The cold stones will help to reduce swelling and inflammation. The combination of heat and cold will help to remove build up of uric acids often connected to inflammation. You may want to read up about the benefits of apple cider vinegar, raw honey and vitamin c in combination for aiding reduction and elimination of uric acids from the body!
Responses to cold stone therapy
Sinus problems may be soothed with cold stone massage. The stones are placed on top of a cloth placed over the face to protect the skin. The cold temperature of the stones may work to alleviate nasal swelling and reduce sinus congestion.
Menstrual pain and bloating may be calmed with a cold stone massage. Cold stones placed in the abdominal area will help draw swelling away from the uterus and thus may help lessen menstrual discomfort.
Menstrual pain and bloating may be calmed with a cold stone massage. Cold stones placed in the abdominal area will help draw swelling away from the uterus and thus may help lessen menstrual discomfort.
Sports injuries, such as tendinitis, may benefit from treatment with cold stone massage. Cryotherapy (cold therapy) soothes inflammation of muscles and joints by radiating through the pained area and reducing swelling.
Energy levels may be revitalized after a cold stone massage. The cool stones, which hold and radiate temperature well, help contract the muscles, alleviate bloating and boost energy levels throughout the body.
There is nothing like a cooling stone massage to relieve the summer heat; combined with peppermint and tea tree essential oils cold marble stones can also aid hot flashes experienced during the menopause. Also where there is a high temperature cold stones place near the body can bring ease.