References - IHM (Indian Head Massage), BM (Body Massage), AM (Pre Blended Aromatherapy Oil Massage, HSM (Hot Stone Massage) Knowledge – B24 – Outcome 10 - HSM
UNDERSTAND HOW TO USE STONE THERAPY EQUIPMENT
a. Explain the types of safe, purpose-built stone heating equipment and how to use and position them safely. Hot stone heaters do vary with each manufacturer and all heaters operate in different ways. Some may take longer to heat up in relation to the water capacity (the larger the heater capacity in litres, the longer it take to heat) depending upon the size bought, that varies depending upon the number of stones to be heated.
It is important to use stone heating equipment that has been manufactured for the purpose of heating hot stones. These heaters are usually made from stainless steel and should have a removable lid and an illuminated digital temperature display. It needs to be thermostatically controlled to prevent the stones from overheating.
When setting up ready for the client, get the heater ready for the client it can take about 10 minutes to get the heater up to temperature. Make sure the heater before use is filled with water and that all the stones are adequately covered with water.
It is important to make sure that the heater is secure, safe and stable on a trolley. Don’t move the heater when it is switched on.
To ensure the safety of the client and the therapist, ensure that the heater is placed a safe distance from the client, by ensuring there is also space for the therapist to move safely around the massage couch. Avoid the risk of tripping by making sure there are no wires trailing on the floor.
As the water will be very hot, when using the heater and removing stones it is important to use either insulated gloves or a slotted spoon and place in a towel or a bowl covered with a towel ready for use.
The stones will need to cool to an appropriate temperature for use, so make sure they are ready for use on the client by checking the temperature in your hand and then checking the temperature with the client. When the stones have been used, they need to be washed in warm soapy water and dried.
b. Explain the insurance implications of using non-professional stone heating equipment.
As there is risk of injury to client using hot stones such as burning, it is important to ensure that insurance will cover any risk of injury. Part of the requirements for insurance is that a therapist uses a professional stone heater. If a non professional heater is used and there is injury to a client, it is unlikely that the insurance will cover any potential claim by a client. This would leave the therapist and salon open to a personal injury claim being made by a client and the financial consequences of such a claim should the client be successful.
c. EXAM QUESTION
d. EXAM QUESTION
e. Explain how to select the correct size and shape of stone for the client’s physical characteristics and the area being treated.
Refer to Body Massage Outcome 11 at (g) for further information on massage and client’s physical characteristics. In addition for hot stone massage, it is not only important to take account of the size and shape of stone for the client’s physical characteristics but also to ensure that the stones used easily fit into the therapists hands. A therapist may find that they are too clumsy with a bigger stone than their hands can comfortably hold and use, the awkwardness will transfer to the massage movements, which will not ﬂow nor be enjoyable for the client. A male masseur with larger hands will use a bigger stone and be able to handle it with ease. A petite therapist may only use several of the smaller stones. This doesn’t matter to the client. Whilst taking account of the therapist’s size of hands, if a therapist has a generous sized hand it would be easier to adapt the treatment by way of size of stone to suit the physical...
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