Bright IDEAs | From One stone to Core Stones

Published: April 24, 2015

Why should you take CoreStones: A Therapeutic Approach to Stone Massage at IDEA 2015? Just watch this video 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!

Q. Would you describe the route of your teaching career? How did you get to where you are now?

A. I’m not sure I should share this…but here goes.

I taught myself how to do stone massage. I found a very beautiful smooth rock one day, brought it to my office, put it in my hydrocollator tank to heat it up, and started using it on my clients. The response was super positive. From there I started to collect rocks from all over the world and my ‘stone set’ grew. I decided it would be a good idea to teach this modality and set out to become a NCBTMB approved provider of continuing education. Along the way, I decided it would be prudent to take a class from someone else to be sure I wasn’t giving misinformation to my students, so I took a class with Bruce Baltz – the hot stone guru. It was a great class and this gave me more confidence to continue on my path. Five years after becoming an approved provider of CE a fellow massage therapist/friend sent me a soapstone core that she had been using to heal tissue damage from a broken leg. She said ‘check this out….we might have something here’. I took the cylindrically shaped stone to a class I was teaching and I could really see the benefits of working with it. This was the birth of CoreStones. We worked together to hone the various lengths, angles, and uses of the stone and through daily use in our private massage practices we found ways to use them that would be beneficial for the client and also keep the massage therapist from injuring themselves. Every time I teach, I learn something new and continue to improve the classes that I offer. The process of learning is never ending.

Corestone Intro 3- Final from IC Film on Vimeo.


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).