Online Course & Online Test

The online test for this course contains  50  multiple choice questions.

Massage Therapy CEs | Massage Concepts and Techniques

Hot Stone Massage

Massage Therapy CEUs awarded: 10

Course classification: Kinesthetic (course materials teach specific techniques to use on clients during a massage therapy session.)

Approved by: Institute of Somatic Therapy (Judith Koch) is approved by the NCBTMB (Provider #280672-00) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Institute of Somatic Therapy is approved by Florida (#MCE-326), and New York (#0019). Our courses are also valid for AMTA, ABMP, and most individual states. Some states limit how many hours can be done online or by home study. Please refer to our State Guidelines section for specific information about your state. Laws can and do change, and your state will hold you responsible for knowing the laws that apply to you. 

Attention Florida Massage Therapists: This course is approved by Florida as an approved distance learning course for required hours of "relevant to massage therapy" category hours for the 8/31/2023 renewal cycle. (Pre-COVID, hours in this category had to be "live", but as a COVID accomodation are also being accepted during this renewal as "anytime" hours. This course will show in CE Broker as "anytime" or "distanct learning" hours in the "relevant to..." category.)   Course # 20-756971

CE Broker Reporting:  Institute of Somatic Therapy will automatically report your hours to CE Broker in applicable states ONLY IF you have provided your license number in your online account with us. You can verify your license information by logging on to our website, and reviewing your account information. If your license is not shown there, please select “edit” to include it. We generally report to CE Broker weekly.

Tuition: $89.00 for online course materials and test.  
To enroll: Simply click the green "buy now" button. You will see the course in your shopping cart, with the option to continue shopping (if you want to enroll in more than one course) or checkout. Once you click checkout, it will take you through the process of creating a new account if you do not have one, or logging into an existing account if we find an account already associated with your email address. You do not need to have an existing account before you add a course to your shopping cart.
Instructor: Irene Rodriguez

View sample video: To see samples of video from this massage CEU course, as well as samples of some of our other online courses, visit our You Tube site at

Course Description: Don't miss out on this wonderful modality. Our Director of Education regrets having waited so long to receive her first hot stone massage, and once she did, that was the only type of massage she wanted until temperatures got back into the triple digits.

By taking this online or home study massage therapy continuing education course, you will learn to provide a basic hot stone full body massage, plus cap it off with a bonus cold stone face massage. You will study the techniques, as well as sanitation and safety.

Disclaimer: Your state massage board will hold you responsible for knowing the laws that apply to you. Some states have enacted various restrictions around hot stone massage in an effort to legislate safety. The course content was not written to be specific to any one state, so there is a small chance that you may encounter bits of information here and there that may impact your actual practice. For example, we have been told that the State of Arizona does not allow a client to have a bare hot stone under them as they are lying on the table. One or more of the sample video clips may have a client lying back on a stone. In this instance, you would modify by either omitting that step, or by following what your state guideline may accept (an example might be to have a towel or other barrier between the stone and the client). With hot stone massage, or any other modality that we teach, we strongly advise that you refresh your memory as to any state-specific rules that will apply to you. We also strongly advise that you refresh your memory as to any insurance rules that your liability insurer may have regarding hot stone massage.

Recommendation on stones: Stones are NOT included with the course. You may wish to find your own stones in nature, or purchase stones from the supplier of your choice. When looking for a stone set, we recommend the following: one large (5" or greater diameter) abdomen stone; 8 fairly large (4" or so in diameter) stones for along the spine, under the shoulders and palms, etc; ten massaging stones (approxmiately 3" or whatever best fits the palm of your hand to rub on your client); and ten small stones for use between fingers and toes (optional). All of these stones should be black (to retain heat longer), flat (so your client can lay down on them comfortably when supine), and smooth (so they don't scratch). For the cold face massage you will want two eye stones (about 2", that will lay nicely in closed eye sockets), and five face stones, about 1 - 2 inches in diameter. These stones should be flat and smooth, and can be any color.

Here is a photo of a sample set arranged with the abdominal stone centered just below the 18 incher ruler, the eight spine stones around it, the ten massage stones below them, the eye and face stones in the lower left, and the toe stones in the lower right.

Are your online courses downloadable to my computer? You must be logged in on our website to view at least some of the course materials. Many of our courses do have downloadable files. 

Will your online courses work on my phone, tablet, or other device? Yes. Since technology continues its rapid pace forward, it is impossible for us to provide a current and complete list of all devices on which our courses will work. We invite you to take our free sample course so that you can personally test if the online content and streaming video work on your device.

Can I print the online test to work on it at my convenience? Yes. We provide a study guide with this course that has the test questions and answer choices. You can print it off and work on it as you study. When you are ready to take the test, you will log into the system and supply your answers to the online test.

What happens if I fail the test? Do I have to pay again? No. If you happen to fail our test, you can continue to retest until you do pass at no additional charge.

Do you report our course completions to the NCBTMB, ABMP, AMTA, or any other agencies? None of these agencies have a method for us to report to them on your behalf. They prefer that you provide the evidence of CEs that their renewal process details. The only agency to whom we report at this time is CE Broker for lmited states that use them as a reporting agent.

If you are interested in this massage therapy CEU course, other courses that might be of interest to you are: Spa Techniques, Aromatherapy for Massage

To contact the Institute of Somatic Therapy about this or any other massage therapy CEU course, please go to the "contact" link above. Thank you.