Traditional Oriental

Hot Stone Therapy



The hot stones are usually made of basalt, a type of rock that is rich in iron, so they retain heat.  River rocks are normally used because they have been smoothed over time. The stones are immersed in water and heated until they are within a certain temperature range.

The stones may be placed at specific points on the back, in the palms of the hand, and other areas. You will learn to use heated smooth, flat stones on key points of the body as well as using them for massage of various areas. The heat warms and relaxes the muscles, which allows you to apply deeper pressure, if desired. The warmth of the hot stones also improves circulation and calms the nervous system.

Included on the standard course:

  • Use of hot stones on micro-systems on the body

  • Meridian theory

  • Use of basic Acupuncture points with hot stones

  • Fertility and other standard oriental protocols

  • Moving stone techniques

  • Muscle release techniques

Our advanced course is for anyone who has a qualification in Hot Stones at least 1 month previously, which is preferably with Total Therapy but this is not compulsory.  

The advanced course follows on from the standard course, and includes:

  • Cold stone techniques

  • Facials with stones

  • Fixed stones

  • Chakra points

  • Use of different oils  

  • Isolated tendon stretching

  • Advanced Acupuncture points

  • Advanced protocols for various issues



The course consists of theory and practical hands on application and a full Hot Stone kit. . You will receive a full certificate for the course which can be upgraded to an optional diploma by submitting 6 Case studies 3 months after course completion. These are assessed by an external examiner (examiner fee applies).



There are no prerequisites for this course although we do like to know of any experience you have in the healing or cosmetic therapies when you book.  This course is very good as an introduction to any massage therapy techniques.


Who is it for?

This course is aimed at anyone with or without experience in cosmetic or health treatment.  It is especially good for massage therapists who want to extend their skill set.



Manchester area: TBC


Course held by:

Total Therapy Manchester



This is a 1 day course.




Standard Course: - Saturday 20th April    £225

Advanced Course: - Sunday 21st April   £199   (The Course on Saturday 20th April cannot be used as a prerequisite for this course)


Cost: £225 for Standard  - This includes a full Hot Stone kit including stones and heater. 

£199 for Advanced.   This includes some cold stones and chakra stones.

If you do not require the equipment please let us know and we may offer a discount.  Optional £39 fee to upgrade to a diploma via case studies verified by an independent adjudicator.