Learn stone massage at Ellisons Academy
Ellisons are very excited to announce the launch of a new online training course, Stone Massage. This ancient massage has been a staple treatment around the world for decades, and now Ellisons are offering you an affordable, flexible and comprehensive course in the treatment. Read on to discover more about stone massage, as well as more about the Ellisons Academy course and how you can sign up.
What is stone massage?
Using stones during a massage is an ancient practice dating back at least 2,000 years. This popular thermal stone massage is a delightfully relaxing and serene treatment using warm stones to massage the body from head-to-toe.
It’s a wonderfully warming treatment that works on energy points located throughout the body to rebalance and harmonise what are known in holistic therapies as ‘chakras’. Apart from the deep feeling of peace, there are physical benefits too as the muscles are relaxed and rejuvenated in a sensation totally unique to hot stone massage.
Hot stone massage is different from other types of massage because it uses smooth, heated stones known as basalt stones. These stones are used for their physical formation and their energetic properties whilst also being just the right weight to add the perfect amount of pressure.
At a holistic level, these stones are said to offer strength, self-control and positive energies to the physical and spiritual body. This is the reason why stone therapy is regarded as a complete mind, body and soul treatment. The origin of the stones is important, they must come from a country of high energy and low pollution. From a practical point of view, these stones are also very effective at heating up and holding their heat for the duration of the treatment.
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Benefits of stone massage for your clients
1. Helps relieve muscle tension and pain
Heat has long been used to ease muscle tension and pain. It helps increase blood flow to the affected area. It may also reduce muscle spasms and increase flexibility and range of motion. Cold therapy helps relieve inflammation. Depending on your symptoms, alternating hot and cold stones during your massage may be helpful.
2. Reduces stress and anxiety
It’s the position of the American Massage Therapy Association that “massage therapy can be effective for stress relief.” Research supports their opinion. A 2021 study showed that a ten-minute massage improved cardiovascular responses such as stroke volume. The same study also found that 15-minute, onsite chair massages in the workplace significantly reduced stress compared to a 15-minute break without massage.
3. Promotes sleep
A 2006 literature review found massage may be an alternative to sleeping pills in adults with insomnia. The research showed that back massage helped promote relaxation and sleep. A 2021 sleep analysis by Oxford University found that infants with sleep problems who were given a 15-minute massage by their parents went to sleep faster. They were also more alert, active, and positive upon awakening. Massage is thought to help you enjoy more restorative sleep, although it’s not completely understood why.
How is stone massage different?
The main difference between a hot stone massage and a regular massage is that the focal point of a hot stone massage is the use of stones to apply pressure during the massage therapy session to promote relaxation. Regular massages do not use stones to massage the body but instead focus on pressure points and muscles.
In a regular massage, the massage therapist uses pressure from their hands to massage different areas of the body, whereas in stone massages, hot stones are used. Whilst there are benefits to both methods, hot stone massages allow for different amounts of pressure to be exerted, plus there are holistic benefits to using stones that therapists can’t replicate by using their hands.
Being able to offer a stone massage treatment to your clients can also bring financial and practical benefits for you and your business. For example, therapists often charge 10-20% more for a stone massage than they would for a normal massage that lasts the same length of time, making your time more profitable.
Not only that, but stone massage treatments actually require less physical effort than a traditional hands-on massage as the stones are warmed up and heavier so less pressure is needed. In fact it has been suggested that one massage stroke with a hot stone is equivalent to five strokes with your bare hand, proving that stone massages are quicker and easier, whilst also being more profitable.
4. May help relieve symptoms of autoimmune diseases
Hot stone massage may help to relieve painful conditions such as fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes widespread, chronic pain. According to a 2022 study, people with fibromyalgia who received a 30-minute massage slept longer, had fewer trigger points, and had decreased levels of substance P (a substance involved in transmitting pain signals) than people with the condition who received relaxation therapy.
It is also suggested that people with rheumatoid arthritis may benefit from a moderate-pressure massage, such as hot stone massage. People living with the condition are said to have experience less pain, greater grip strength, and a greater range of motion after one month of massage therapy.
Where can I learn stone massage?
You can take the online training course right here at Ellisons.co.uk if you are looking for a flexible course that you can complete in your own time. You will also gain an Ellisons CPD certificate, which is recognised and accredited by The Guild of Beauty Therapists. A complete mind, body and soul treatment, you can learn how to incorporate warm and cold stones into your massage treatments with the Ellisons Academy.
The stone massage online training course comprises both theory and practical modules.
You will work independently through the theory modules, completing a series of question and answer sections to assess your learning progress.
You will have access to the stone massage training manual together with a video tutorial to guide you through the step by step process. In addition, one of our professionally qualified trainers will be available to address your personal requirements as you work through the course content.
What equipment do I need?
Again, you can find everything you need to perform stone massages right here at Ellisons. Our online training course will teach you about what equipment and tools you need, and then you’ll be able to find them all on our massage page here.
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