Oncology Massage Matters
~ CLASSES ~

Massage THERAPY for Clients with Cancer

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 Practicum & Clinic Classes

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bird on branch Massage THERAPY for Clients with Cancer

Purpose
To present information and provide experience that creates confidence in working with clients who have cancer or are recovering from it.

Curriculum

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.

Materials: class materials to be provided by instructor; fee $25
Duration:
24 hours of credit

This class is a prerequisite to the 300 hour Oncology Massage Certification Program.



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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
Massage THERAPY for Clients with Cancer or 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 PRACTICUM & CLINIC
( 4 classes, 8 hrs each)
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Purpose
In these clinics, we will be gaining hands-on experience. Each day has specific material to be reviewed and practiced in a supervised clinic with cancer clients.

OM Clinic 1
Curriculum
Review of appropriate pressures and lymphedema risk massage protocol, and Oncology Massage 1 material.
This clinic will be offered every Spring and Fall right after Oncology Massage 1.

Prerequisite
Massage THERAPY for Clients with Cancer (or other S4OM recognized foundation class) and Oncology Massage 1

Materials: class materials to be provided by instructor
Duration: 8 hours

OM Clinic 2
Curriculum
Fine tuning acupressure skills and integration of reflexology, acupressure and massage
This clinic will be offered every Spring immediately following OM Clinic 1.

Prerequisite
OM Clinic 1, Oncology Massage 2 and 30-40 supervised** practice sessions.

Materials: class materials to be provided by instructor
Duration: 8 hours

OM Clinics 3 & 4
Description and prerequisites to be announced

**All supervised sessions are done in your own community and reviewed through email and phone.


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