How to Do Crystal Sphere Massage

Crystal Sphere Massage is a self-treatment method for relieving pain and discomfort in your physical body by applying pressure with a crystal sphere tool on muscle trigger points, acupressure points or chakras. It is an easy to do method that includes personal preparation, locating points to work on, and the treatment itself. The benefit for doing crystal sphere massage is to address pain immediately, which may prevent more serious problems. You also gain self confidence and trust yourself and what you feel is right for your healing process. It may also help you to develop body awareness and physical health. You can also learn about the subtle energy in your body as various crystal (mineral) spheres are applied. After the treatment you may enjoy pain relief and gain insight about why the pain occurred in the first place.


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    Prepare. Sit comfortably in a chair or in your bed before starting. Make sure you are undisturbed, and then take several deep breaths to center yourself and relax. Crystal Sphere Massage can done with yoga or meditation practice to increase relaxation and increase the pain relieving effect. Consult the following definitions related to Crystal Sphere Massage:
    • Trigger Points- localized tensions inside the muscle tissues that most often occur on certain locations in the muscle, and are a result of continuous contractions in the muscle fiber. When touching them, they feel like knots or strings. A trigger point is painful, but you may immediately feel release by pressing them. It is a natural reflex to touch such spots to relieve pain. They are usually along the center line of a muscle. The number one purpose of Crystal Sphere Massage is to remove muscular trigger points, which, as a result, leaves the muscle smooth, flexible, and relaxed.
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    • Acupressure Points- places on the meridians that are located near the skin. The subtle energy system describes 12 or more meridians and other subtle energy organs and channels in the body. Acupuncture points are those points on the meridians that are accessed by acupuncture therapists with an acupuncture needle. Such points may not be as near the skin and not available for acupressure. Acupressure points are not the same as trigger points. Both types of points are used for applying pressure. Acupressure points is to open blocked energy channels (meridians) and remove the blocked energy stagnant in the point.
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    • Pain: An unpleasant physical sensation caused by a noxious stimulus, an event in which bodily tissues could be harmed. Pain can be graduated along the scale of mild pain to unbearable pain. Pain can be localized or diffused all over. Pain can be temporary, intermittent or chronic. There is also mental-emotional pain and spiritual pain, which can not be healed by a Crystal Sphere Massage.
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    • Locating points: You want to find the tense areas of your muscles that cause you pain and discomfort. Touching the skin, you may find knots or string-like tensions inside of certain muscles. They are painful to touch. Pressing on a trigger point will begin releasing the tension that causes problems.
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    Know the components of a muscle. A muscle consist of muscle fibers,and those are composed of numerous microscopic units (sarcomeres) surrounded by an inter connective tissue called fascia. Muscles attach via tendons on our skeletal bones.
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    You are now ready to apply treatment. For example, if you have a headache, you may suspect the trigger points are in the muscles in the head and neck. Touching your head and neck will direct you to where the accurate points are. In the case of head and neck pain, you will most likely find trigger points along the muscle that creates a V from behind your ears down to the sternum at the front of your neck (this muscle is called: Sternocleidomastoid).
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    Choose the primary area that you are going to work on, for example the head and neck.
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    You are now ready to apply treatment on that point. Sometimes the entire muscle is so tense that it feels like a wall of concrete. Apply heat prior to treatment, or do a general massage to relax the area. # After finding a particular knot, press on it to notice the level of pain, and also notice if pain is felt somewhere else as well. That is called referred pain.
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    Warm your sphere with your hands, or by immersing it in a bowl with hand warm water (maximum 40 degrees Celsius, 140 degrees Fahrenheit) then dry it on a small towel.
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    Put your crystal sphere on your selected trigger point and apply slight pressure. Make sure you have found the point accurately. # Increase pressure to about 70 % of your maximum pain tolerance. Yes, this can be painful but know that your muscle is screaming to release the pain burden it stores for you. The pain should be felt as a “good pain”, meaning you want to press on it as you feel that the pain is reduced or simply melts away.
    • Use a very slow pulsing motion up and down and as well a tiny rotation on your trigger point. Stay at least 20 seconds on each point along the muscle you are treating. (see also Massage Pressure and Length of Session below).
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    Know the components of a muscle. A muscle consist of muscle fibers,and those are composed of numerous microscopic units (sarcomeres) surrounded by an inter connective tissue called fascia. Muscles attach via tendons on our skeletal bones.


  • Crystal Sphere Massage Tools & Size: Choose a crystal sphere that fits your hand comfortably. Most usable sizes are ½ -2 inches (5.1 cm), in other words rather small.
  • How many Crystal Spheres do I need?To start you need only one Crystal Sphere that you are comfortable with.A well equipped Crystal Sphere Massage Instructor usually has at least 3 sizes and at least 3 varieties of spheres.
  • Setting Crystal Sphere Massage Pressure: Identify the painful Trigger Point and find out how much you are able to tolerate (100%) then immediately reduce the pressure to no more than 70%.[1]
  • Length of session on a trigger point: Stay at least 20 seconds on each point, and if you want to access subtler levels such as emotional or spiritual aspects maintain a lighter pressure (around 30% of pain tolerance) for more than 90 seconds up to 5 minutes. The pressure should not be static but have a slight pulsing action and tiny rotation of the crystal sphere.
  • Referred Pain: If you have pain in the back of your neck, and you try to work on the painful areas but do not get results, you may suspect that the pain was originating in another muscle. This is called referred pain. When you touch a particular point and feel pain also in another area of your body, that is referred pain. The point you touch has refereed some of the pain to that remote location. For example: Trigger points in the Scalene muscle, located to the side of the neck have several referral areas to the arm, the upper back and the chest.


  • Not all pain comes from trigger points, but if the source is a trigger point, you will be able to begin releasing your pain.
  • Do not work on open wounds, bruises, lesions, broken bones etc. You can instead work on the foot or hand reflexes that access the trauma areas.
  • On the neck: avoid any point on an artery where a pulse can be felt.
  • If you are pregnant: inform yourself about pressure points that that induce premature contraction. You still can use Crystal Sphere Massage to ease discomfort or pain by selecting safe pressure points.[2]
  • Do not overdo a treatment, but go gentle on yourself. Always consult your qualified therapist or medical professional if you have a concern or question about your self treatment.It is far better to do short 5 minute session several times a day than try to massive treatments once. See also FAQ above.

Things You'll Need

  • If you already have a sphere use it, that will inspire you to learn more right away. As you grow confident with sphere massage explore other sizes and types. The most common minerals for crystal sphere massage are: Red Aventurine, Serpentine, Grossular Garnet in Diopside, Amazonite, Black calcite in Garnet, Iron Stone, Unakite, Epidote in Garnet, Epidote, Epidote in Feldspar, Peristerite, Pyritized Magnetite, Black Labradorite, Grey Labradorite and Sodalite.
  • Patience: Make your own healing count as valid. Work systematically with the areas of most concern (pain) first. Remember that the location of the pain may not be its source, see note about referred pain above.
  • Inform Yourself:Research thoroughly all aspects of treatment for your symptoms keeping your mind open to learn new things.

Sources and Citations

  • About Trigger Points: The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook by C. Davies, ISBN-13 978-1-57224-375-0
  • About Acupressure Points: Acupressure's Potent Points by M. Reed Gach, ISBN 0-553-34970-8
  • About Crystals: The Crystal Lotus Handbook, ISBN 978-0-9784683-0-9
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