They can be expensive so taking something that you’re only half-hearted about is never ideal.
I've seen my fair share of IT band contracture clients, people with terrible backs that literally felt like pieces of ply-wood, and people with various restrictions affecting their range of motion and posture.
I loved it, don’t get me wrong. Send me someone with a really good kyphosis and let’s work on that puzzle.
What I WASN’T becoming a fan of, was the amount of physical and mental exertion I was having to provide for my clients on what seemed like a regular basis.
It wasn’t that I was always performing deep tissue massages, or that I was pushing with as much force as I could during a treatment… It’s that the density, the restriction, the build-up of adhesions, lifting limbs to mobilize joints, and all the other treatment methods that came with these pathologies were becoming taxing on my body (I’m only 5’0” so working on someone who’s 6’2” needing a hip flexor stretch was a learning curve!).
At the rate I was going, I had worries that I wouldn’t make it to a 3-year mark in my massage career. I enjoyed the work so much but I found myself constantly asking “How long can I keep treating this way?” Yes, I took other courses and used hot packs and cold packs in my sessions but sometimes it just didn’t feel like that was enough.
Then I found a course on hot stone massage and knew that was the answer I had been looking for. The missing piece in my treament approach had been found! It was so versatile that I could use it for my “problem” clients, the ones who booked therapeutic, deep tissue, and sports massage sessions BUT also applied to my relaxation, anxiety, and insomnia clients. I could see my future career so easily now because I had this new skill that was going to help me in my practice.
60% of my week or more began to include some form of stone massage when I was taking clients full-time. I’d use the stones to pre-treat that dense, stubborn soft tissue before I actually got there to massage, and then swap it out for another temperature of stone depending on the outcome my client or I was looking for. Using the various stone edges and grooves gave a reprieve to my thumbs, wrists, and elbow.
Massage therapists who are registered/certified/licensed with an association and hold practicing insurance.
Yes. Clicking any class date below will show how many continuing education credits this course is worth across Canada. Check with your association if you do not see it listed, as each province’s guidelines are different and the course may be applied to your current association. If your association requires approval and you don’t see it here, email me at [email protected].
Yes, you can! Online learning is leading the way in providing barrier-free massage education. To find out how your country/state/province/region evaluates courses for learning and credits, check with your association if this course is applicable in your area.
Depending on the delivery, in-person classes cover 2 full days (18 hours) of learning and online learning covers the same 18 hours of learning. Online courses are delivered in either 2 days via zoom, or over a flexible 4 week programming.
Other than assisting with the therapeutic, deep tissue, and sports massage clients mentioned, stone massage helps clients who have:
Online Students will need general massages supplies (bed, linens, oil, bolsters), along with a stone roaster, 1 stone set of at least 25 stones, and a container or bowl for cool water.
In Person students will need general massage supplies (bed, linens, oil, bolsters). Stone Roasters, stones, cleaning supplies, and cold stone supplies will be provided by the instructor.
**Students that wish to practice with their own supplies may bring a stone roaster and stone kit to class.**
For hot stone temperatures, a stone heater and basalt or jade stones are required.
Cold stone massage uses jade or marble, cold water, ice pack, and container to hold the stones.
These items are an investment up front but can be reused for many, many massage treatments and may last years.
No, kits are not included in the any of the course prices.
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