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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.


Lesson 1

  • Introduction
  • History
  • Uses
  • Equipment Required
  • The Holistic Process

Lesson 2

  • Massage
  • History
  • Effects
  • 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
  • Aftercare

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
  • Professionalism
  • Client Confidentiality
  • The Consultation process
  • Maintaining Records
  • Data Protection and disclosure

Lesson 9

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

Lesson 10

  • Finding clients
  • Advertising
  • 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

Students of the College are now able to purchase Hot Stone Massage Kits from the College. For more information, .


This course has been accredited by Online Academies. On successful completion of this course you will be able to download or print off a PDF of your Online Academies Certificate (please note: you will also be given the opportunity to have a hard copy of the certificate printed off and posted out to you for a small additional charge). If you would like to view a sample of the certificate, please click here.

On completion of your course you will also be able to have your certificate endorsed and accredited by the CPD Certification Service for recognised CPD Hours.

The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 as the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the Continuing Professional Development policies of professional institutes and academic bodies. The CPD Certification Service provides recognised independent CPD accreditation of our courses.



At the conclusion of each module there is a multiple choice question assessment. This will help you remember the main points of the lesson and act as a check that you have retained the essential knowledge and understanding of that particular section. The results can be seen instantaneously and you can correct wrong answers. When the result is satisfactory you can progress to the next module.

Course Outcomes

Once you have successfully completed all the modules for your course you will be awarded:

A Diploma issued by Online Academies

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