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* Level I – Massage with Hot and Cold Stones

3-day Certification course
MTAS – 21   NHPC – up to 15 CEUs
Course Outline

Stone Therapy is an ancient healing art that has recently been rediscovered. Since 1999 it has become the most influential and demanded treatment in the SPA industry in North America and Europe.

Stone Therapy uses hot and cold stones in combination with varying forms of bodywork. It also involves the application of thermotherapy, the deep penetrating heat from smooth basalt stones and alternating cold from marble stones, used as an extension of therapist’s hands, while she/he uses relaxing strokes of Swedish massage.

Stone Therapy goes beyond the physical experience of typical massage, and enters deeper dimensions of relaxation, health and well being, creating a positive approach to the ‘Body-Mind-Spirit’ philosophy. It produces alternative sedative and re-energizing responses in the body.

This is a unique ‘vascular gymnastics’ of the circulatory system. It improves the work of the lymphatic and immune systems and normalizes body functions. It also affects the sensory system, which stimulates production of neuro-chemicals affecting the sense of well-being.

This is a 3-day intensive, instructional, hands-on course.

Those who would like to receive a Certificate will have to perform a minimum 15 (fifteen) practicums of Basic Stone Therapy treatments within 5 weeks after the course.

STS Level 1 (3 day) – Course Learning Outcomes:

  • Student will have clear understanding of the history of healing stones that will enable the student to describe the importance of use of basalt and marble stones throughout human history
  • Student will acquire clear understanding of the nature of the basalt and marble stones and will be able to describe their chemical composition and crystalline structure that allow practitioner to use them in massage with stones
  • Student will be able to use basalt and marble stones in the therapy (utilize specific sizes, shapes, density, porosity, color, etc)
  • Student will be able to use safe temperatures for heated and chilled stones and will be able to achieve these safe temperatures
  • Student will be able to sanitize and sterilize stones
  • Student will be able to identify cases when it is unsafe to perform (identify contraindications) the therapy
  • Student will be able to convey to the client benefits of the therapy
  • Student will demonstrate safe practical use of basalt and marble stones in massage with stones
  • Student will be able to use effectively alternative applications of heated and chilled stones in order to achieve the required body (skin and soft tissue) reactions to thermal applications and massage with stones
  • Student will know what are the reactions of the body systems (circulatory, lymphatic, alimentary, central nervous system, etc.) to the application of heated and chilled stones and will be able to use these reactions to successfully stimulate or sedate body systems by thermal applications and massage with stones
  • Student will be able to perform massage with heated and chilled stones and do passive stone applications for pain relief
  • Student will be able to safely increase and decrease the intensity of the therapy by manipulations with the temperatures of basalt and marble stones
  • Student will be able to use techniques for massage with stones and proper pressure application
  • Student will be able to identify limitations in doing massage with stones
  • Student will be able to perform full body massage with stones
  • Student will be able to implement energy aspect (principals of electromagnetic therapy) in massage with basalt and marble stones
  • Student will be able to implement principals of vibrational aspect of the therapy and manipulate the intensity of it in the treatment
  • Student will be able to implement principals of visualization and use it in the treatment
  • Student will be able to use proper biomechanics as part of safe pressure application doing massage with stones
  • Student will use proper draping principals and techniques for safe insulation of heated and chilled stones
  • Student will perform complete Stone Therapy procedures

Course Outline:

  • The history of healing stones
  • Types of stones used
  • Qualities of basalt and marble stones
  • Temperature control
  • Safety principals in Stone Therapy
  • Thermatherapy principles – different types of hot and cold stone application and the body’s reactions to them
  • Indications and contraindications
  • Benefits of Stone Therapy
  • In depth treatment – Stone Therapy Procedures
  • Bio Mechanics
  • How to incorporate your massage techniques in Stone Therapy
  • Special strokes
  • Basic information about Chakras and their functions
  • Basic information on Universal Energy Field and Human Energy Field -Aura
  • Meridians in Stone Therapy
  • Medicine Wheel
  • Proper care of stones
  • Helpful hints, and much more…

Please feel free to bring your stones and crystals with you to class.
You will be provided with a detailed educational manual.

Stones are not included in tuition fee. For details and prices on stones please check “Basalt Stones” and “Marble Stones” pages of the web-site.

This certification course is offered in a 3-day format with a final test on 3rd day of the course. Students have to complete 15 independent case studies within 5 (five) weeks after the last day of class to get certified.

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