hot/cold therapeutic stone massage
a continuing education course for R.M.T.s
About the instructor
Julie Redlin, R.M.T.
I graduated in 1992 from WCCMT and I have been in private practice since in Surrey B.C. Early on in my practice I suffered from tight forearms and achy wrists on a regular basis. I was told upon graduating that “most massage therapists only last 8 years”. I was saddened by this and I was determined to have a long and healthy career. Over 15 years ago I took an alternating temperature stone massage course and loved the technique from the start. My patients also loved it and it quickly became a technique I was using on every patient, it incorporated into my practice seamlessly. Within one month all my forearm and wrist pain was gone and has never returned. Following a request from a fellow R.M.T., I began to teach this career-saving technique, and the feedback has been excellent! I look forward to sharing my knowledge with you and teaching you how to add a very effective skill to your toolbox!
About the course
The effectiveness of this technique lies in the use of heat as well as alternating temperature. As R.M.T.’s we know one of the main functions of massage is to increase circulation in tight tissues. Massage dilates the blood vessels flushing the tight area with fresh blood flow. Now imagine doing that WHILE holding a hot stone. The use of heat really speeds blood flow into the tissue, much quicker than our hands alone can accomplish. When the R.M.T. encounters an area that is particularly tight, we can choose to alternate between hot and cold stones to dilate and constrict the vessels. This acts like a pump bringing in fresh oxygenated blood, mobilizating waste products that were trapped, and then pushing it all back out of the tissue when the constricting cold stone is introduced. We can alternate between hot and cold stones several times if needed. We can choose to end on a hot stone (great for regular muscle tightness) or end on a cold stone ( excellent to control inflammation). In the matter of a minute or two the tissue just softens and melts under your hands! You will find it surprisingly easy to feel the tissue tension right through the stone. You can use stones for your entire treatment or just the beginning of the treatment allowing them to do most of the hard work for you and therefore saving your hands! I will also be showing you how to replace strenuous thumb work using special tool shaped stones.
Who wants a cold stone on them during a massage?
I have developed a technique of using both a hot and cold stone at the same time which is really effective and distracts from the “bite” of the cold stone. Most patients don’t even notice the cold, but all the fabulous benefits are still there. This is not a spa course/technique. The benefits are extremely therapeutic in nature.
Course Structure and Details:
Accreditation: Approved for 14 CEC’s with the CMT
Small Class Size: Only 12 students accepted per course, more indiv. attention. More students may be taken if course is held in a larger venue.
Days/Hours: The course is typically held 9 a.m-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Cost: $420. per student. Includes G.S.T.
Day 1: The first day of the course we cover a full body treatment, broken down into body parts, using only hot stones. This is essential to allow the therapist to get used to handling the hot stones and administering them in a safe manner.
Day 2: On the second day of the course you will learn how to safely alternate temperatures using both hot and cold stones. Use of special tools that will save your thumbs will be demonstrated and practiced. We will also cover sinuses as well as discussion of different conditions and pathologies and how to treat them.
Supplies Needed: I supply the stones you will use during the course. Below is a small supply list of items you will be required to bring:
-2 flat massage sheets -1 pillow case
-1 or 2 hand towels -1 regular large size pillow
-1 cervical pillow (optional, but handy..)
-1 full bottle of massage oil. Fractionated coconut is by far the best choice.
PLEASE NOTE: GELS, LOTIONS AND SOME OTHER OIL BLENDS DO NOT WORK WELL AS THEY SOLIDIFY ON THE STONE.
If you wish to purchase a set of 30 stones to use in your practice I can make up a set for you. If ordered before the course deadline the cost is $100 incl tax, at the time of the course the cost is $125. and there is no guarantee on availability. The stones are natural basalt river rock hand selected by me.
The set includes:
6 Large leg stones
10 Medium back and arm stones
2 Special Tools
6 Small cervical stones
6 Cold stones (3 different sizes)
“Best Course I’ve ever taken!!”
K.M., Vancouver B.C.
“I really enjoyed this course. It was simple and easy to follow but gave some interesting new perspectives and I loved the therapeutic focus. Definitely relevant to my practice and I can’t wait to try it out on my clients”
L.K., Victoria, B.C.
“Julie’s passion for her practice and use of stones is inspiring. The class offers lots of hands-on practice, clear information and open discussion. There was no wasted time, I’m looking forward to an advanced course!”
Caitlin Bailey, Cowichan Bay, B.C
“I loved Julie’s stones and overall attitude throughout the course. Great techniques and I’m happy with the knowledge I’m bringing to my practice.”
Lauren Wills, Victoria, B.C.
“A wonderful way to take care of the R.M.T.’s well being and to offer effective therapeutic options to patients”
H.S. Vancouver, B.C.
“So much valuable hands-on allowed me to gain confidence to implement this into my practice immediately.”
Michelle Almasi, Langley, B.C.
“Excellent course! Well structured and fun. Julie is an engaging and supportive instructor”
A.E., Victoria, B.C.
“A great course with ample amount of hands-on time”.
Melissa Dumaresq, Abbotsford, B.C.
“Wonderful class, well taught and easy to incorporate into everyday practice!”
C.B., Delta, B.C.