Hot Stone Massage

A Distance Learning Course of 10 Lessons

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Course Description

The concept of massage therapy using stones has been used in many different cultures for many years.Tribal Healers and Village wise women used rocks from the river beds and warmed them either in hot coals or hot water. By 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.

The placing of the stones is often followed by a holistic massage which proves to result in a deeper and more intense treatment as the heat penetrates the body and relaxes the muscles and the cold stones stimulate the neural pathways and circulatory system.

This 10 lesson hot stone massage course shows the student the history of hot stone massage to the modern day development and use of hot stone massage techniques and associated therapies. The course focuses upon practical massage therapy techniques that can be learned and practised by the student, either as a stand alone therapy in its own right or as part of a practicing holistic therapist’s repertoire of effective techniques.

The course shows the student how hot stone techniques can be incorporated into holistic therapeutic practice which will be of great value to practitioners of both the body working therapies and also of pure holistic treatments.

Who should take this course?

The course is completely stand alone and is aimed at students who wish to obtain competence and experience in a practical hands-on therapy.

No previous experience is required as the course covers the appropriate basics, but students of holistic massage will find that this course adds another dimension to their treatments.Practitioners of other therapies will find the course very useful as it adds another popular treatment technique to their existing practise.

Course Syllabus

Lesson 1

Equipment Required
The Holistic Process

Lesson 2

Cautions & Contra-indications

Lesson 3

Basic A&P
Diseases and Disorders
Massage Techniques

Lesson 4

Working with Chakras
The Stones
Using the Stones
Care of your stones
Stone Placement

Lesson 5

Different types of stone therapies
Preparing to treat
Establishing the correct environment

Lesson 6

Consultation & Assessment
A complete stone massage treatment

Lesson 7

Other therapies that can be used with Hot Stone Massage
Expanding on the treatment
Common Conditions that can be treated

Lesson 8

Working with clients
The first meeting
Creating the right professional conditions and workspace
The Hopi Therapist’s clinic
Establishing the working relationship
Ethics and Legalities
Client Confidentiality
The Consultation process
Maintaining Records
Data Protection and disclosure

Lesson 9

Running a therapy practise
Finding premises versus working from home
The Law and you

Lesson 10

Finding clients
Working with private clients
Working with corporate and public sector clients
Expanding your business
Continuing professional development
Supplements to the modules:

Consultation sheet
Client questionnaires
Treatment record
Example of case study
Pre-treatment checklist
After treatment checklist/ Handout
Example of a leaflet
Reading list


On completion of your course, you will receive two qualifications:

Qualification 1: Hot Stone Massage Diploma

Hot Stone Massage Diploma issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, entitling you to use the letters SAC Dip after your name.

Qualification 2: Hot Stone Massage Certificate of Completion

Hot Stone Massage Certificate of Completion issued by eLearn Canada college.

Study Options

This course is an online course. With online study you have access to your entire course from the start of your studies. You can access your course materials, and submit all of your question papers to your personal tutor, online from anywhere in the World using your unique student account.

Tutor Support

With this course you will have unlimited access to your own personal tutor who specialises in their field of study. It is your personal tutor’s role to ensure that you receive constructive feedback and to deal with any queries you may have. You are more than welcome to telephone, fax or email your personal tutor.

You will also have access to a dedicated and friendly team of administrators and course advisors who offer sound and professional guidance and advice when you need it. This ensures that you will never feel neglected and that you will always succeed!

Requirements for Entry

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrollment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Study Hours

This is only an approximate figure and is dependent upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies and how well you grasp the learning concepts in the course material. Furthermore, at the end of each lesson there is a question paper that needs to be completed and returned to your tutor. You should allow at least 1 – 2 hours of study to complete each question paper.

The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is: 160 hrs.

Additional Information

Assessment Method

After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

What’s Included

All study materials
Study Guide
Full Tutor and Admin support
The course fee includes the registration and certification fee

Tuition & Fees 830.00 CAD

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