A Therapeutic Approach to Stone Massage – Treating Head, Neck and Face
Friday 8am – 12pm
In this comprehensive training we will explore the muscles and trigger points most commonly involved in headaches (with the goal of reducing the frequency of headaches) as well as muscles involved in neck and face tension – including sinus pain and TMJD. We will cover treatment of the anterior, lateral and posterior neck and learn precautions for treating in this area. In addition, we will work the facial muscles paying particular attention to Temporalis and Masseter, for their involvement in TMJD. Stones will be used around the orbit of the eye for a deeply relaxing and therapeutic treatment.
We will demonstrate how to use the stones “broadly” for myofascial release and “specifically” for trigger point release and how to hold the stones without compromising your wrists and hands.
You will learn how to heat or cool stones to the proper temperature to achieve our desired therapeutic outcome – deep muscle release without causing tissue trauma and learn how to clean your stones for client safety.
The contraindications of hot stone massage will be reviewed and we will discuss ways to alter your sessions to accommodate certain conditions.
Participants should bring linens, and oil/lotion. If you are already working with stones, please bring your stone set.