Bright IDEAs | 5 Key CoreStone Skills

Published: April 10, 2015

Why should you take CoreStones: A Therapeutic Approach to Stone Massage at IDEA 2015? Read on to find out and be on the lookout for more of our Bright IDEAs blog series as we provide insight and insider information on our IDEA 2015 Conference educators right up to May 1!

Here's what Dale had to say when I asked her to give us a "Top 5 List" of skills attendees will acquire from her session.

1. How to work safely with stones. It is essential to take a comprehensive training in stone massage if you want to be sure you will ‘do no harm’ to your clients or yourself. There are a variety of ways to heat your stones, depending on your work environment. We will discuss the equipment that is available so you can choose the method that is right for you. Proper sanitizing is required to assure you maintain high standards of cleanliness. You will learn how to keep your stones safe for each client when you are doing sessions back to back.

2. Some medical conditions are contraindicated when working with heat and you will learn when you can or can’t work on a client with hot stones.

3. You will learn how to use stones as a tool for myofascial release, trigger point release, and deep frictioning. I encourage you to think of the techniques you are already using in a massage and then think of how you can make it easier on your client and yourself by using a warm stone tool.

4. We will identify trigger points commonly associated with neck pain and low back/hip pain and learn to treat these points with a warm stone. The addition of heat along with the greater surface area of the stone make for a more effective, deep therapeutic release.

5. Attendees will be coached in proper body mechanics. You will learn how to use the stone as an extension of your hand and work from your core to achieve the greatest power with the least effort.


Dale Grust is the co-founder of CoreStones, Inc., and a NY Licensed Massage Therapist. She began her career in 1981 in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she studied at Dr. Scherer’s Academy of Massage and Natural Healing. Dale has been a member of AMTA since 1989 and served on the board of AMTA-NY Chapter in many capacities. She is a nationally approved provider of continuing education through the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).