Video Course: Introduction to Cold Stone Massage

Bruce Baltz

While stone massage is a widely recognized and utilized modality, most therapists only use hot stones, not realizing the therapeutic implications or techniques for massaging with cold stones. In this course, stone massage expert Bruce Baltz will introduce you to the benefits and applications of cold stone massage. Through hands-on demonstration, he’ll give body mechanics recommendations and protocols for incorporating this therapeutic technique into your massage sessions.

This course was filmed on location at the 2016 World Massage Festival.

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Course Outline
  • Introduction to cold stones
  • Introduction to cold stone massage principles
  • Techniques: back
  • Techniques: posterior leg
Learning Objectives

Having viewed the online massage therapy CE course, participants will be able to:

  • Outline the benefits of using cold stones for massage.
  • Identify which type of stones to use for specific areas of the body.
  • State indications and contraindications for the use of cold stone massage.
  • Apply cold stones without surprising the client or making them tense.
Bruce Baltz

Bruce Baltz, founder of SpiriPhysical LLC, is a licensed massage therapist in New York and Florida, and maintains his board certification in massage therapy and bodywork. He is an internationally recognized educator with more than 30 years of experience in the fitness and bodywork industry and is the former chair of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). Bruce teaches workshops across the country and has created DVDs on stone massage, body mechanics, and a spa method of active isolated stretching (AIS) approved by Aaron Mattes. For more information, visit

Topics and Techniques

This online massage therapy CE course is available to you on demand to access, learn, and earn CE whenever and wherever it’s most convenient for you!


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Is this massage therapy CE course approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) for CE credit?
Yes! All of the courses are approved under ABMP’s NCBTMB Approved Provider account (451086-09).

How do I earn a CE certificate for this video-based course?
After you complete the webinar video, a quiz will appear on the page. Earn a CE certificate by scoring 70% or higher on the course quiz.

How do I access my CE certificates?
CE certificates are available on your “My CE Transcripts” page and on the course page. Visit your “My CE Transcript” page by clicking “My CE” on the navigation bar at the top of your screen.


"I already use hot stones and was excited to learn the application for cold stones. I enjoyed the clear instructions and the rationale for why/how he was doing what he was doing. It just happened that I was giving a massage to friend tonight so I got to practice. We both loved it! Thanks!"

"Can't wait to use these techniques. I also really appreciate the focus given to proper body mechanics and how to work smarter vs harder."

"I enjoyed this very much. Very informative and descriptive on how and when to use different stones."

"This course was excellent in showing the use of cold stone therapy to help clients relieve areas of pain and inflammation using this modality. Great course with great information."