Stone Massage


16 CE Hours

Course Options:

  • DVD and Manual Shipped; Test Online
  • DVD, Manual and Test Shipped to You
  • Fully Online Video, Manual and Test


This dynamic stone massage home study program will help you gain new skills at your convenience. You will learn a complete, basic hot stone massage, a cool moonstone facial massage and six advanced restorative protocols covering a variety of dysfunctions. You will also discover various types of stones, textures and shapes; acquire evaluation skills so you can determine placement of stones; study how to trace each meridian to balance the body; and practice along with video demonstrations.

You will also:

  • Review the indications and benefits of heated stone massage
  • Examine and explain the cautions and contraindications of performing heated stone massage
  • Learn safe and effective ways to heat and cool stones, set up equipment and your work area for stone massage
  • Review the lymphatic system, circulatory sytem, as well as organs and glands of the body in preparation for performing heated stone massage
  • Learn thermotherapy principles and be able to determine the difference in temperatures and action of four temperature zones
  • Determine how heated stone massage can be used with Ayurvedic healing principles
  • Discover the Foundation Sequence layout for placement of stones and procedures for massage using heated stones
  • Learn and apply the cooling "Moonstone" protocols, performing a restorative facial massage using specific cool stones
  • Learn about the meridian theory and be able to differentiate the pathways that the merdians follow along the body
  • Understand the general effects of working on specific meridians and be able to trace them to either tone or sedate them
  • Explain the 6 meridian specific restorative protocols, effecting many different conditions

The video presentations, by instructor Carollanne Crichton, will demonstrate stone massage techniques and give a variety of close-up views detailing the work. The course manual gives specific explanations of the theory behind and techniques used to perform stone massage.

Prior to purchasing massage stones, the course manual will describe what to look for when selecting stones for stone massage either from stone suppliers or in nature.

Course Reviews


I really enjoyed this educational experience! It EXCEEDED my expectations! I had previously heard of "Hot Stone Massage" from various people... with mixed opinions of it. Coming from a more clinical background, I appreciated the "scientific"/geological information as a way to gain a better understanding of the stones and their application. Before I even finished reading the information for the first time, I was able to share some of the scientific information with my clients.

A. Allen, LMT, NCTMB

I am thrilled with the potential that this modality has for my private practice. I am realizing that stones are a very powerful tool and can be used in so many settings such as post surgery, sports, pain management, meridian work and relaxation. I am totally hooked and can hardly wait to receive the stones I have ordered. This is extremely powerful and I am grateful to have come to this realization.

Patrick Mason

I really loved this course. There was a lot of information that I did not know about stone massage, and I loved the emphasis on integrating Eastern modalities into the massage. Also, I had never heard of using cool and cold stones, so this was also great to learn. Great course!

V. Morrigan Anderson, LMT

WOW!!!!! This course has been the best class I have EVER taken. I am already certified in Hawaiian Lomi' ili' ili hot stone massage.... but this went WAAAAY beyond what I learned in this class, and also changed how I will heat my stones from now on. Plus, I thought I had all the stones I needed, but now it's clear to me that I will need a LOT more... and Carolanne's teaching in exactly what kinds of stones I need to look for is SO helpful! I really, REALLY appreciated her history and geology lessons. And I am so very much looking forward to combining this hot stone protocol with my polarity therapy, and the Spirit Massage course I just completed, as well as the Women and Massage. I think they all integrate together VERY well, and will allow me to create my own special niche in the town where I live. I am not aware of any other therapists offering these types of massage here, so I am very excited to be able to offer this to my community. Thanks so much!

Carlie Williams

I really appreciate the deep tissue applications of stone massage through this course. I wasn't interested in just a spa-like, relaxation-based class. I was really impressed with this course and would suggest it to others. My clients will be very pleased with this new modality and will like that I can integrate these new techniques with my current deep tissue, therapeutic work.

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  • DVD - 80 minutes
  • Manual - 46 pages (available for shipment or online)
  • Multiple-choice test - if you prefer to test online please select the "test online" option
  • Certificate upon completion - if you prefer to print your certificate at home instantly, please select the online option

Display Certificates suitable for framing are available for $10 in addition to the certificate included with your tuition. Click here to order a Display Certificate.


The Institute is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Approved Provider 049478-00.

Credits also accepted by the AMTA, ABMP and NAHA.

For information regarding your specific state massage license requirements and approvals, visit our Massage Therapy Continuing Education Requirements page by clicking here.

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