Hot Stone Therapy

Self Study: £135 Tutored: £295

A Distance Learning Diploma Course of 9 Lessons

Hot Stone Therapy Course

The concept of massage therapy using stones has been practiced in different cultures for many years. Tribal Healers and Village wise women used rocks from the riverbeds and warmed them either in hot coals or hot water. By then placing the hot stones on cloth on the body and arranging them along the energy points of the body, this would help to relax the muscles and reduce pain or discomfort, and therefore support the healing process.

Hot Stone therapy is technically termed as Geothermotherapy, that is the use of heated stones and chilled stones to affect a chemical release within the human body. The placing of the stones is often followed by a holistic massage, which results in a deeper and more intense treatment.

This course takes you from complete beginner right through to becoming a competent professional Hot Stone Massage therapist. We will guide you with step-by-step details of hot stone massage, anatomy and physiology, massage techniques and mediums, the benefits of a hot stone massage and much more. You will also learn everything that you need to know about setting up your practice and running your business professionally.

Workshops are provided by the course writer Sue Etherden. More information.

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Subjects included in the Course

• Introduction
• What is Hot Stone Massage?
• The Benefits of Hot Stone Massage include – Deep Relaxation, Reduces Stress, Improves Circulation, Eliminates Toxins, Releases Tension in Connective Tissue and Relieves Pain in Muscles and Joints
• The Benefits of Cold Stone Massage include – Refreshes and Stimulates the Mind, Relieves Tissue Congestion e.g Sinus, Increases Lymphatic Flow and Stimulates the Nervous System
• Use of Stones throughout History – Hippocrates to Modern Day
• Equipment Required to set up a Hot Stone Massage Practice
• The Holistic Approach
• History of Mainstream Massage
• Physical Effects of Massage – Short and Long Term:
• Short Term effects include – Improvement of Skin Tone and Circulation, Encourages Better Sleep, Promotes Relaxation, Deeper and more efficient Breathing and Better Lymph Drainage

• Long Term effects include – Lowering of Blood Pressure, Boosting the Immune System, Balances the Digestive and Waste Symptoms and Improvement of Muscle Suppleness and Strength
• Basic Anatomy & Physiology:
• The Skin, Circulatory System, Pulmonary Circulation, Lymphatic System, Muscular System and Nervous System
• Diseases and Disorders
• Massage Techniques and Mediums
• Emotional Effects of Massage – Short and Long Term:
• Short Term effects include – Relaxation of the Body reducing Stress and Tension, Relaxation of the Mind, Increasing Overall Energy and Lifting the Emotions
• Long Term effects include – Improvement of Body Image and Self Belief, Improvement of Self Esteem and Sustained Ability and Mind
• Cautions and Total Contra-Indications to Holistic Massage include – Pregnancy 1st Trimester, Cancer and  Infectious Diseases etc

• Conditions requiring Medical Approval include – Heart & Vascular Conditions, Conditions being treated by a Medical Practitioner, Epilepsy and Asthma
• Local Contra-Indications include – Skin Diseases (non contagious), Varicose Veins, Cuts and Bruises and Scar Tissue etc
• Using and Caring for the Stones
• The Effects of Thermotherapy on the Body
• Stone Placement
• The Chakras
• Stone Sets
• Preparing to Treat a Client
• Preparing the Stones
• Creating the Correct Environment
• The Consultation Process
• A Complete Stone Massage Treatment
• Aftercare
• Working with Clients and Communication Skills
• Ethics, Legalities and Professionalism
• Business Practicalities
• Running a Therapy Practice

Hot Stone Therapy Course Outcome

A Practitioner/Therapist Level Qualification is awarded on successful completion of this course. See our Accreditation Page for the list of ‘independent accrediting bodies’ who approve and accredit our courses in the UK and around the World.

Hot Stone Therapy Course Feedback

Joanna Cowper
North Yorkshire, England

Many thanks I am delighted with the final result for my course!

I wanted you to know that I thought this Hot Stone Therapy course was excellent, the subject materials went into more depth than I expected and gave very clear instruction for the ‘practical section’. A very enjoyable and informative course. Thank you!

Hot Stone Therapy Course Instalments

Instalment fees in £GBP

Tutored: Single payment of £295
or £95 deposit followed by 4 monthly payments of £50.

Self Study: Single payment of £135
or £50 deposit followed by 2 monthly payments of £50.

Instalment fees in $USD

Tutored: Single payment of $590
or $190 deposit followed by 4 monthly payments of $100

Self Study: Single payment of $270
or $100 deposit followed by 2 monthly payments of $100.

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