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This one day class covers the foundational knowledge of Oncology massage. This class will prepare the professional massage therapist to work with clients who are at various stages of cancer treatment and recovery. The most important massage considerations and contraindications are covered thoroughly. Hands on techniques that are safe and effective with even the most medically frail client will be taught and practiced. This class will empower even the most novice therapist to apply certain techniques safely and effectively.

The participant will learn:

  •  Oncology Massage: What is it and where will it be encountered
  •  Myths about Metastasis: Unlearning what you learned in massage school
  •  Considerations for oncology massage in a variety of settings
  •  Oncology terminology and contraindications
  •  Massage applications across the spectrum of the disease processes
  •  Techniques and adaptations to work with medically frail clients
  •  Mindful communication and active listening


What to bring to class 

  • One massage table per 2 students
  • 1 set of sheets and pillowcase
  • Dress in loose comfortable clothing, we suggest dressing in layers to adjust yourself to the work and the environment


Recommended reading

Medicine Hands Massage Therapy for People with Cancer 3rd Ed. By Gayle MacDonald