A Stone Medicine Workshop

Instructor: Robert Melchioris, LMT MLST CSMI
Date: TBA
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
CEs: 16, approved NCBTMB

Over 10,000 years ago, the ancestors of Native American tribes began offering stones to the body for wellness. Stone Medicine brings ancient teachings combined with modern science to the professional massage setting while ceremonially honoring and respecting the ancestors.

Stone Medicine, known as ‘Inyan Pejuta’ in the Lakota language, involves using heated and chilled stones combined with traditional Native American ceremonies to bring relief and wellness to the body and spirit. These methods of treatment have been passed down for many generations. Jenny Ray, founder of Stone Medicine LLC, has led the effort to share this amazing treatment with the world. She has personally chosen and trained a few select certified instructors to carry these methods forward in a workshop format.

This course is the foundation class, as it is the pre-requisite for many other advanced Stone Medicine courses. Even if you have training in other expressions of stone massage, you will discover new ways to incorporate your stones into healing sessions in a totally unique approach according to ancient traditional methods.

The techniques of Stone Medicine are not just intended to affect the physical body, but the emotions and the spirit as well. In turn, by clearing the body of negative energies and reconnecting it to the healing energies of the earth, the body's ability to heal itself is reestablished.

Ceremony is introduced as a method of connection to Mother Earth in the traditions of the ancestors who first developed this style of wellness. Ceremony is is NEVER for sale. The course fees pay for your education and the presentation costs for the event.

Participation in the free ceremonial activities offered during the course enlighten the gathering on how to ‘Walk the Stone People’ in honor. A variety of ceremonies come to life including ‘Smudge’, ‘Prayer Tie Offerings’, ‘Calling the Directions’ and of course ‘Inyan Pejuta’ (Stone Medicine).

Life as a ‘Stone Walker’ is discussed in terms of the ‘Red Road’, the ‘Good Medicine Way’ and living as the ‘Hollow Bone’. Accepting the 'Stone Tribe' as the historians of Mother Earth, with living wisdom for all humanity, enhances the practitioner’s ability to properly serve their fellow ‘Two Legged’ with an unprecedented wellness method.

What you will learn:

• Ancient origin of Stone Medicine as a Native American healing art
• Fundamentals of sacred ceremony and how it is applied to bodywork
• Understanding of safe stone temperature ranges (hot, warm, cool, cold)
• How to properly apply temperature to the body through heated and chilled stones
• Sanitation protocols for stones and equipment
• Specific named stroke and layout (Ancestor, Cradle Board)
• Practice skills and techniques required to perform a full body stone medicine session

To do a Stone Medicine treatment, you will need the following items:

  • *Basalt stone set
  • Stone heating unit (18 quart); no crock pots"
  • Thermometer (meat thermometer or digital reader to get precise temperature of water/stones)
  • *Cold stone set
  • Cooler for chilling cold stones
  • Ice for your cooler to chill stones
  • Massage oil (jojoba or unscented oil), no creams, lotions or nut oils
  • Isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle (to clean stones)
  • 2 flat sheets and face cradle cover
  • 2 large bath towels
  • 3 hand towels
  • Pillow for bolstering (bed pillow works better than actual bolster)
  • Extra pillow case
  • Antibacterial wipes (to clean stones)

*Stones may be purchased in advance at Body Therapy Store at HAI.

*Note: Stone Medicine does not sell stones nor receive funds for recommending vendors. If you have stones, you are encouraged to bring them. You can always add to your existing set if necessary. While there is no specific number of stones required for a Stone Medicine session, it is recommended that you have between 40 and 60 heated stones (basalt), and 10 to 20 chilled stones (often marble) for a session. These are just guidelines to give you a place to start, as Stone Medicine stone sets are just as unique as the individuals doing the sessions.

If you don’t have stones and would like to place an order through Healing Arts Institute, please contact them to make your purchase. Be sure to allow plenty of time for them to place your order and have them shipped to the school prior to the workshop.

Cost: $350 or $325 if paid in full 30 days prior to class.

Instructor: Robert Melchioris, LMT MLST CSMI has been licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio since 2000. Recognized for making a difference in the massage therapy profession, Robert was honored to be inducted into the prestigious 2017 class of the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame.

He discovered his passion for working with stones early in his career. He studied LaStone Therapy and immediately connected with the gifts from Mother Earth. Robert was eager to expand his knowledge of using stones in bodywork, so continued his education with LaStone as well as studying Stone Medicine. As a result of his dedication and extensive training, Robert excelled to become the first and only certified Master LaStone Therapist in the state of Ohio.

Stone Medicine uses a Shamanic approach to stone massage based on ancient Native American healing methods. Robert was fortunate enough to have been chosen and invited to learn this work directly from Jenny Ray, known as White Bear Medicine Woman to her tribal members. He has been entrusted with this knowledge and has been asked to share this sacred work with others. As a certified instructor, he teaches several courses on behalf of Stone Medicine, LLC.