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Hot/Cold Stone Therapy
A favorite of spas and relaxation-oriented practices, hot and cold stone massage use stones both as massage tools and placed along key points of the body. Hot stones are usually used for relaxation while cold stones can help with pain management. Various techniques use river stones, marble and even sea shells as tools.
The basics for spa therapy are taught in brief continuing education courses, and longer courses can teach you how to use stones to address deep tissue concerns. The simplest techniques are incorporated into Swedish massage, but some providers base their approach on Japanese anma or Ayurvedic marma point techniques. If your practice emphasizes spirituality, explore courses that discuss using elemental stones and color therapy in sessions.