Oncology Massage Matters
~ CLASSES ~

Massage for People Living with Cancer©
originated by Gayle MacDonald


Oncology Massage 1
Blending East with West™


Oncology Massage 2
Integrating Complementary Therapies


Oncology Massage 3
Working with Cancer, Understanding Trauma

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Cancer Basics
Connie Kishbaugh, R.N., Instructor


Oncology Massage Clinic ~ Practicum
co-taught with Kathie Nelson


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bird on branch MASSAGE FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH CANCER©

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 (originated 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.

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
Duration:
24 hours of credit
Accreditation: Approved by the NCBTMB

The Society for Oncology Massage recognizes this course and instructor as part of their application for professional membership.



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ONCOLOGY MASSAGE 1

Blending East with West

Purpose
This class will allow body therapists to enhance their work with cancer patients by integrating reflexology and acupressure skills with protocols in regard to pressure adjustments, sites that need to be avoided and client positioning.

Curriculum
While looking at the body from an Eastern medicine point of view, practitioners will learn:

Prerequisite
Any Society for Oncology Massage (s4om.org) recognized foundation course.

Who Should Attend
This class is to assist therapists working with clients who are receiving or have completed cancer treatment. The knowledge gained will also be useful and applicable for any therapist with clients presenting similar physical symptoms.

Materials: class materials to be provided by instructor
Duration:
3 days, 22 instructional hours



ONCOLOGY MASSAGE 2

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Integrating Complementary Therapies

Purpose
To expand on the 'Nature and Spirit of the Organs' and further our knowledge in acupressure and Traditional Chinese Medicine as it applies to cancer care.

Curriculum

Prerequisite
Oncology Massage 1

Who Should Attend
Students interested in deepening their knowledge as how to address signs and symptoms through acupressure.

Materials: class materials to be provided by instructor
Duration: 5 days 40 hours



ONCOLOGY MASSAGE 3

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Working with Cancer, Understanding Trauma

Purpose
In this class we will be exploring how the cancer experience may lead to trauma for the central nervous system.

Curriculum

Prerequisite
Enrollment in the certification program or significant experience in oncology massage with consent of the instructor.
Oncology Massage 1, Oncology Massage 2, Oncology Massage Clinic and
30-40 supervised Internship massage sessions - n
umber to be determined between student and instructor.)

Who Should Attend
Students registered in the certification program and/or Onc 1 and 2 students developing a practice with cancer patients.

Materials: class materials to be provided by instructor
Duration: 5 days 40 hours at the Massage Therapy Institute


 

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Instructor

Connie's photoConnie Kishbaugh, R.N.

Connie has been an oncology nurse for more than 30 years. During that time she has cared for patients all along the disease spectrum. She has extensive experience in chemotherapy side effect management, pain and symptom management, and educational and emotional counseling with the cancer patient, and has been involved in many studies focusing not only on new and innovational cancer treatments, but also on new ways of providing emotional support to the patient and family members receiving research treatment.
Connie has long had an interest in the mind-body-spirit connection, and an understanding of the powerful force this can be for the cancer patient.

Purpose
This class is designed to give the oncology massage therapist an in depth understanding of the cancer process, from the malignant cell and how it becomes so, to the effect of the disease process on each individual organ and the body as a whole.

Curriculum

Prerequisite
Oncology Massage 1 (Oncology Massage 2 recommended)

Who Should Attend
Body therapists developing a practice with cancer patients.

Materials: class materials to be provided by instructors
Duration: 3 days, 24 hours

Completion of Cancer Basics is required for the Certification Program



ONCOLOGY MASSAGE CLINIC
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Practicum

Instructors

Isabel Adkins (see bio) and

Kathie's photoKathie Nelson, M.S., C.M.T. Kathie Nelson teaches one day of this class on "Basic Principles of Swedish Massage for the Medically Frail".

Moved by the healing power of touch experienced after attending a weekend retreat entitled ‘Anointing the Body’ given by Mary Ann Finch, founder of Care through Touch, Kathie continued her studies with Mary Ann in caring for the elderly, the ill and the dying using modified Swedish massage techniques. A few years later when introduced to oncology massage therapy, Kathie felt her heart open even more. She studied with two leaders in this emerging field, Isabel Adkins, BA, CMT, and subsequently Gayle MacDonald, MS, LMT for on-site hospital training. This specialty dovetailed in an oblique way with her other career as a clinical laboratory scientist, specializing in matched platelet transfusions, and solid organ and bone marrow transplants.

Kathie maintains an active private massage practice, the majority of which are oncology clients. She has taught oncology massage and supervised hospital based student massage clinics for the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Cancer Center. She is a one of the founding advisors in creating free oncology massage clinics in Grass Valley and in Sacramento.

Purpose
In this class we will be gaining hands-on supervised experience.

Curriculum
Students will be able to work on cancer patients, practicing the knowledge and skills acquired in Oncology 1 or 2. Each day will end with a group discussion of cases worked.

Prerequisite
Oncology Massage 1

Who Should Attend
Body therapists developing a practice with cancer patients.

Materials: class materials to be provided by instructors
Duration: 4 days, 32 hours

Massage therapists who wish to apply for Professional Membership with the Society for Oncology Massage, if they meet the background requirments, may use this course to meet the four hours of hands-on training requirement ("additional Oncology Massage training").


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