This 6-day Oncology Massage course combines aspects of 101 and 201 for a more comprehensive treatment of Oncology Massage and also includes an introduction to working with scar tissue. This course includes 3 hands-on clinics. The material is this course is a hybrid of review from 101 and 201, but also includes content about end of life care, hospital-based practice basics and practice building.
This course is an opportunity to learn not only the basics of oncology massage, but also some of the more specific details that will get you started if your path is leading you in the direction of working with clients affected by cancer.
It includes three supervised, hands-on clinics with actual clients (one specifically addressing scar tissue and two full-body, client-centered sessions). Students will develop a working knowledge of the disease process of cancer as it relates to massage therapy as well as the ability to speak intelligently with colleagues, other medical professionals and clients about the benefits and safety of oncology massage. The course includes daily opportunities to practice hands-on protocols and techniques which can be put into practice immediately. Six days also affords the opportunity to address the topics of building an oncology massage practice and/or hospital program, including how to talk to doctors, how to approach medical offices and infusion centers and how to network within existing programs. In addition to technical skills, students will learn about themselves and their beliefs and assumptions about disease, wellness and death and dying. It might be the most fun you’ve ever had learning about cancer.
Required Reading- Medicine Hands: Massage Therapy for People with Cancer, by Gayle MacDonald, MS, LMT
Instructors – Lauren Muser Cates, Julie Ackerman, Kerry Jordan, Lucille Eddy
Promoting Health with Massage: A Seasonal Approach is a course designed to freshen your thinking about combining styles of massage with adjunct therapies for optimal effectiveness in keeping your clients healthy. Your instructor will combine western massage techniques with techniques rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The course will offer review of acupressure meridians, anatomical structures associated with the meridians, hands on work with fellow students both days of the workshop, and use of adjunct therapies as is appropriate for the season you are studying such as warm stones, cryotherapies, and use of essential oils. The classes are well paced, good natured and lively and will be accessible to the beginner and the seasoned professional. These courses stand alone from each other. You can take them in any order and there are no prerequisites.
SUMMER: PROMOTING HEALTH WITH MASSAGE: A SEASONAL APPROACH. In this course we will explore techniques to help the Heart, Small Intestines, and other organs associated with the season of summer according to TCM. We will utilize cooling therapies to counteract summer’s heat and the element of fire.
To reserve your seat, call 540-239-1346
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Beth Kelsey is a LMT and BCMT from Blacksburg VA. She holds a BA from Virginia
Tech, and graduated Summa cum laude from the Blue Ridge School of Massage and Yoga in Blacksburg VA. Beth has maintained a lively and varied private practice in her home town for 14 years and going. She instructs at a massage program in Roanoke part time, and travels around the mid-Atlantic and South teaching continuing education courses on the weekends. Beth’s courses are inclusive, supportive, good-natured, and packed with information. She loves massage therapy and she loves teaching.
Anatomy for Bodyworkers with Dr. James Mally -Upper Body
July 6 – 7
Thursday & Friday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Dr. James Mally is trained as a Naturopathic Doctor, and has been doing massage professionally in many different settings since 1975. He is a graduate of Bastyr University in Seattle, and the Lindsey Hopkins School, a 1000 hour massage training program.
Dr. Mally is able to integrate his thorough knowledge of anatomy and physiology with the practice of massage. He has been teaching massage certification programs since 1979, and was the owner and director of Healing Arts Institute in Citrus Heights, California for 21 years.
Anatomy for Bodyworkers with Dr. James Mally -Lower Body
July 8 – 9
Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
For both Upper and Lower Body classes the cost is $525