Intro to Hot Stone Massage

Intro to Hot Stone Massage

Course Description: 

This course will present the basics of hot stone massage including history, benefits, contraindications, setup, and how to use and care for stones during massage therapy. Not only will learning how to safely use hot stone massage help you build your clientele and your list of services, but it will also extend the lifetime of your career by saving your hands from overuse.


Learning Objectives Upon Completing this Class:

• Students will understand the purpose and benefits of using hot stones for practitioners and clients.

• Students will be versed in the effects of heat on the body.

• Students will understand the precautions to take when using hot stones.

• Students will be able to state the indications and contraindications of working with hot stones.

• Students will understand the safety guidelines of hot stone massage.

• Students will learn how to select and set up equipment and stones.

• Students will view and work with various shapes and sizes of hot stones.

• Students will learn and practice a cleaning protocol for hot stones.

• Students will be versed in how to obtain and manage proper stone temperatures.

• Students will experience and demonstrate techniques and stone management for optimal flow during the massage.

• Students will learn about draping techniques and how to utilize hot stones on a client both clothed and draped.

• Students will view, practice and have an opportunity to receive a full body hot stone protocol.



Please bring a portable massage table if you can and a set of sheets. 

Hot stones will be available to practice with in class, but if you already have a set of hot stones, please bring them. 

Massage oil is used in this class, please no cream or lotions. 

Disinfectant wipes

Optional - a heating pad approved for hot stones. (This is an example of a product that includes a heating pad and hot stones in a portable kit. This type of product is ideal for travel.)

Synergy stones will be demonstrated. A discount code will be available at the time of class. 



The introductory version of this class offers 8 live, hands-on, NCBTMB-approved continuing education hours.

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If you enroll in a class and for some reason you are unable to make it, don't worry, you are covered. If you cancel more than 30 days prior to the start of the class, you can get a refund of your tuition. If you cancel less than 30 days prior to the scheduled class, you will still receive a credit to take the same class at a later time. You can also take a different class at a different location. Please see our cancellation policy for more details. 



Course materials will be provided in a digital format approximately a week to ten days before the start date of the class. An email will be sent to the email address you enrolled in class under with login credentials to a student portal where the student will be able to sign an electronic waiver, view or download the manual, confirm class attendance, submit an evaluation form and download a Certificate of Completion. After class is over you will still have access to your course materials. Please have an internet-enabled device with you at the time of class. It's a super and convenient process.


Prerequisite: All of our classes are intended to serve as continuing education for massage therapists. All students must be licensed, certified, authorized, or otherwise credentialed to provide hands-on, manual therapy services in the state where they practice. All of our classes are approved by NCBTMB for CE hours. Most states accept NCBTMB hours. Some states may have different requirements or definitions of what is considered to be within the "Scope of Practice" for a massage therapist. If in doubt, please check with your state's Board of Massage. In some instances, advanced-level courses may have additional prerequisites that will be noted in the course description. 


All of our classes have minimum and maximum enrollments that can be accepted. If a class is getting close to being full, we may close online enrollment. If a class is closed online, you may still call us at #800-201-2247 to see if there are any additional spaces or to go on a waiting list. If you want to go, let us know!  On rare occasions, we do not meet the minimum number of enrollees or an unexpected situation occurs and we need to cancel or reschedule a class. Please confirm that your class will be going forward prior to making any non-refundable travel arrangements. 


Aside from special events such as Success School and Education Vacations, we do not typically arrange sleeping rooms at our host hotels for weekend classes. If a room rate is not specifically noted in the class description below, please check your favorite discount travel website (,,,, etc.) to see if better rates are available at the host hotel. Oftentimes the rates on travel websites are lower than what we are able to negotiate and our room block rates, if available, are subject to expiration. If a class location is not already listed, it will be added to this page as soon as it has been finalized. Enrolled students will receive an email reminder one week prior to the class with the location. 

  • $195.00

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