Massage for People Living with Cancer

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Massage for People Living with Cancer

DATES: October 30-November 1, 2020

CLASS HOURS: 9am-6pm


COST: EARLY REGISTRATION: $475 or $450 early registration (30 days in advance)

This class is taught by Cheryl Smith and uses course curriculum developed by the founder, Gayle MacDonald, author of Medicine Hands: Massage for People Living with Cancer

Comfort-oriented massage or touch can be administered to people with cancer regardless of the severity of their condition. The purpose of this class is to train touch therapists in the basics of oncology massage. The experience derived from this training will create newfound confidence in bodyworkers about working with clients, particularly private practice clients, who have cancer or are recovering from it. Therapists who focus on hospice and hospital work will also find this course to be valuable for their special needs patients.

The curriculum includes information on:
• opening the heart to those with serious illness
• metastasis
• adjustments that must be made for clients who:
• are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation or who have a history of it
• have had surgical or medical procedures
• are at risk for lymphedema
• how to perform intake with clients who have a history of cancer treatment

Significant time is devoted to hands-on practice including providing a supervised relaxation massage to someone with cancer or a history of cancer.

BOOKS OR MATERIALS REQUIRED FOR CLASS: Medicine Hands: Massage for People Living with Cancer, 3rd Ed., 2014, which can be purchased at Orion Institute.

Cheryl Smith, LMT, has been practicing therapeutic massage in Cincinnati, Ohio since 2007. Her own experience with cancer led her to dedicate her career to working with individuals with cancer. Her private practice offers comfort-oriented massage, Manual Lymph Drainage and Eastern Massage work. Cheryl started the oncology massage program at The Christ Hospital Cancer Center in 2010. It includes hand and foot massage for patients during their chemotherapy infusions and for oncology inpatients. She was co-investigator and LMT for three IRB research studies on massage therapy and oncology patients in both the outpatient and inpatient setting. She has also co-authored a research manuscript that will be published in 2015. She graduated from the Peregrine Institute of Oncology Massage Training in November 2013 with a certification in oncology massage. Prior to becoming a massage therapist Cheryl worked as a broadcast producer in advertising and direct marketing.

Gayle MacDonald, M.S., L.M.T., is the author of Medicine Hands: Massage Therapy for People with Cancer (Findhorn Press) and Massage for the Hospital Patient and Medically Frail Client (Lippincott Williams and Wilkin.) Her expertise comes from more than 10 years of work with oncology patients at Oregon Health and Science University. She has also supervised massage students and therapists on the oncology unit, in chemo infusion, radiation oncology, and the bone marrow transplant unit.

COST: EARLY REGISTRATION: $475 or $450 early registration

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