Massage for People Living With Cancer©

As Massage Therapists we will all encounter clients with a history of cancer. The relationship between Massage & Cancer has been sadly influenced by two Myths:
 
Myth #1: Massage is contraindicated. We now know that there is no connection between cancer spread and bodywork.

Myth #2: Any Massage Therapy is OK. Specific changes need to be incorporated into your regular massage to make it SAFE for these clients.

The No Touch approach needs to be replaced by Do No Harm Touch - conscious, gentle, safe, educated bodywork.

You can be trained in a 3-day FOUNDATION course

Massage for People Living with Cancer© (24 hrs - NCBTMB approved for CEU hours)

Purpose To present information and give experience that will create confidence in bodyworkers about working with clients who have cancer or are recovering from it.

Curriculum (orginated by Gayle MacDonald) Comfort-oriented massage or touch can be administered to people with cancer regardless of the severity of their condition, and at any stage in the cancer experience.

  • Understanding metastasis. Why is massage not contraindicated?
  • Adaptations that must be made for clients who have undergone or are undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery
  • Massage protocol for patients at risk for lymphedema
  • Exploration and processing of participants' personal experience and relationship to cancer
  • Intake procedures
  • Most importantly, opening the heart to those with serious illness

The culminating activity of the class is to give a relaxation massage to someone with cancer or a history of it.

Who Should Attend: This course is open to licensed, certified, or professional massage therapists, massage students enrolled in a professional training program who have completed Swedish Massage I or the equivalent, bodyworkers certified in other non-invasive, gentle modalities, or by permission of the instructor.
Materials: class materials to be provided by instructor. Fee $25.00
Duration: 24 hours of credit
Accreditation: Approved by the NCBTMB. Approved by S4OM - Society for Oncology Massage.

This class is a prerequisite to the 300hr ONCOLOGY MASSAGE THERAPIST CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

 

UPCOMING CLASSES

 

MARCH 2014

MASSAGE FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH CANCER (24 hrs) Sat, Sun & Mon, Mar 22, 23 & 24 (9 am - 6 pm), (NCBTMB approved for CEU hours). This is a critical thinking class and requires focused comfortable sitting. We provide floor chairs and if you need something more comfortable, please bring your own chair, pillow, etc. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training. Instructor: Isabel Adkins Cost: $432, 3-Wk Prepay: $412 (Materials fee $25 to be paid to instructor)


OCTOBER 2014

MASSAGE FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH CANCER (24 hrs) Wed, Thu, & Fri, Oct 15, 16 & 17 (9 am - 6 pm), (NCBTMB approved for CEU hours). This is a critical thinking class and requires focused comfortable sitting. We provide floor chairs and if you need something more comfortable, please bring your own chair, pillow, etc. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training. Instructor: Isabel Adkins Cost: $432, 3-Wk Prepay: $412 (Materials fee $25 to be paid to instructor)

APRIL 2015

MASSAGE FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH CANCER (24 hrs) Sat, Sun & Mon, April 11, 12 & 13 (9 am - 6 pm), (NCBTMB approved for CEU hours). This is a critical thinking class and requires focused comfortable sitting. We provide floor chairs and if you need something more comfortable, please bring your own chair, pillow, etc. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training. Instructor: Isabel Adkins Cost: $432, 3-Wk Prepay: $412 (Materials fee $25 to be paid to instructor)

OCTOBER 2015

MASSAGE FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH CANCER (24 hrs) Wed, Thu, & Fri, Oct 14, 15 & 16 (9 am - 6 pm), (NCBTMB approved for CEU hours). This is a critical thinking class and requires focused comfortable sitting. We provide floor chairs and if you need something more comfortable, please bring your own chair, pillow, etc. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training. Instructor: Isabel Adkins Cost: $432, 3-Wk Prepay: $412 (Materials fee $25 to be paid to instructor)


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