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Dates: Click here for course dates.If you don't see a suitable date available for the course you want, then email us with your requirements and we will do what we can to accommodate your request. Please book early to avoid disappointment. We do not have a maximum number of students that can attend our courses, but if you want to book a large number we will need additional time to organise this as more than one of our tutors will need to be present to ensure each student receives the required attention. We can also provide private lessons, please contact us for more details on this.
Locations: Bridgwater, London & York
Pre-Requisites: Level 3 Holistic Massage certificate (or equivalent)
Course Cost: £150.00, payment needs to be made in full two weeks before the date of your practical training and a non-refundable deposit of £60.00 is required to secure the course when making your purchase.
Please see our Course Terms & Conditions for further details about course payments.
WelcomeCourse OverviewModule 1 - Course Aims and ObjectivesModule 2 - Health & SafetyModule 3 - Professionalism & Code of EthicsModule 4 - HygieneModule 5 - ContraindicationsModule 6 - Contra-actionsModule 7 - Anatomy & PhysiologyModule 8 - Benefits of Hot Stone Massage TherapyModule 9 - ChakrasModule 10 - Tools of the tradeModule 11 - Patch TestingModule 12 - ConsultationModule 13 - Set-up Do’s and Don’tsModule 14 – Setting up your CouchModule 15 – Massage TechniquesModule 16 - The Treatment routineModule 17 - Aftercare Advice
Hot Stone Massage Therapy is a unique massage therapy in which smooth, shaped basalt stones are heated and then used to massage the body. This thermal conduction not only warms the muscles but also influences the energy centre of the body and helps to promote relaxation while balancing the mind.
Unlike most pictures you may see of Hot Stone Massage Therapy, where the stones are just static on the client, you actually keep the stones in your hands and massage with them so the heat of the stones aren’t concentrated in one place on the skin for too long as they could cause discomfort, this is why it is important to keep the stones constantly moving on your client. Thermal gloves are now available for therapists so that the hands can be protected from the heat of the stones when performing a treatment, static stones are used during this treatment, but they are always placed on a towel and never straight on the skin of the client.
Stones have been used in many variations over the years for healing and relaxation. Stones have been used for this purpose when hot or cold. The Japanese were known to have used heated stones to warm their abdomens to assist digestion.
For approximately 4,000 years, the Chinese have been using heated stones to relieve muscular tension and improve the function of the internal organs. In Native American cultures, stones were used in sweat lodges to alter the temperature of the healing environment in the lodge, they also used stones for detoxification and to find harmony and balance. Native Americans also believed stones have souls and when used for healing treatments, they would allow for the recipient to remember lost truths. Hawaiian Kahunas, or medicine people, would heat smooth volcanic stones in the coals of a fire, wrap the stones in leaves of the castor oil plant and place them on the area of the body in need of healing.
Cold marble stones are also very popular and have a variety of benefits, they can be used on their own or in combination with heated stones. On their own, they act as a powerful decongestant to help reduce swelling and to encourage blood flow. When used with hot stones, the resulting vasodilation and constriction encourages nourishing and healing of the tissues.
So many different cultures have been using stones for so long because the stones have proved their worth in the form of health and healing within these cultures. The benefits of a common massage, such as improved systemic circulation(cardiovascular and lymphatic), improved musculoskeletal, nervous, endocrine, and digestive system function, and relief of soft tissue restrictions that result from an orthopaedic surgery, a sports injury, or any other injury or trauma are deeply enhanced with the use of heated or cold stones during the session. This is why this treatment can benefit your business.
Hot stones can be used on their own or in conjunction with other treatments, for example:
Other benefits you may expect to experience after a hot stone massage may include:
Some clients, who have regularly received hot stone massage, have even claimed that after a hot stone session they experience a sense of enlightenment, inner peace, and renewed spirituality.
Benefits of our diploma courses, they are accredited with The Guild of Holistic Therapists and offer:
What do I need to bring on the practical training day?
Course theory and practical
After you have completed the theory section of the course and answered the evaluation questions these need to be sent to us for marking. At the practical session you will work through a whole treatment session from set-up to aftercare and be marked on your work. If you pass the course your certificate will be sent to you from our head office with 14 days of completing your course and you will be able to gain insurance with the GHT.
What do I need to do next?
If you would like to enrol on one of our courses:
You can still contact us via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us directly on 01278 452881 to discuss any of our courses.
Please read Course Terms & Conditions before making a booking, you will be asked to confirm that you have before being able to purchase one of our courses.
What happens on the day of the practical training?
On the day of your practical training you will need to attend one of our venues where you will be taught all the techniques required for this therapy. Our classes are friendly and very informative. If you have booked onto one of our one to one practical training days you will need to bring a model with you to work on. Your client will need to have a consultation carried out before the training to insure they do not have any contra-indications. If you are joining one of our group practical training days you will not have to bring a model, as you will be working on your fellow students. Please be aware that our course may consist of mixed gender students.
Further details about our courses:
What happens after the course?
Once you are a fully qualified practitioner and you have gained the correct insurance we suggest.
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