In this comprehensive training you will learn how to heat or cool stones to the proper temperature to achieve our desired therapeutic outcome – deep muscle relief 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.
We will review anatomy and trigger points of muscles most commonly involved in shoulder, low back, and hip pain. You will learn how to use the stones broadly, for myofascial release and specifically, for trigger point release. You will learn techniques to work on the back, the front and back of the legs, the feet, and the abdomen.
Proper body mechanics when using stones will be emphasized so you can confidently offer this modality without compromising your hands and wrists. Participants will work on each other and there will be plenty of time for individualized attention.
When used as a tool, stone massage can save your hands and extend your career – you will be working with more ease and less strain. Participants should bring linens and oil/lotion. Stones will be provided for use in class.