Stone Massage for Head and Neck Pain
Massage General Courses

Stone Massage for Head and Neck Pain

Author(s): Dale Montelione Grust

2CE credits 14 Lessons Text

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Explore the benefits of stone massage for headaches and neck pain. Find out what massage therapists need to know about this specialized technique including contraindications and the safety issues. Learn the proper care and equipment protocols for stone massage.

When you finish this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the proper care and handling of the equipment needed for hot and cold stone massage. 
  • Identify benefits of hot and cold stone massage for headaches and neck pain. 
  • Explain contraindications for using stones in massage. 
  • Identify common safety issues related to offering hot stone massage.

  1. Introduction
  2. Offering Stone Massage: Equipment and Supplies You Will Need
  3. Choosing and Maintaining Stones for Massage
  4. The Importance of Proper Hand Hygiene/Disinfecting Your Stones
  5. Just Right: Proper Heating and Benefits of Hot Stone Massage
  6. Cold and Contrast Stone Massage: When Heat is Not the Only Answer
  7. Client Safety
  8. Beginning the Stone Massage Session
  9. Creating the Best Experience for Your Client
  10. Hot Stone Massage at Work: Help for Headaches and Neck Pain
  11. Let There Be Relief
  12. When in Doubt: Knowing When Not to Massage
  13. Additional Learning Resources
  14. Glossary

Dale Montelione Grust is a Licensed Massage Therapist in New York with more than 30 years of experience. She teaches stone massage based on the therapeutic value of using stones as a tool without compromising the wrists and hands. Her work is focused on helping therapists deliver deep relief for clients while minimizing the effort to achieve this result.