MASSAGE AND TOUCH TECHNIQUES FOR CANCER AND SUPPORTIVE CARE
Dates: February 15th & 16th and March 1st & 2nd (4 days )
Massage and Touch techniques for Cancer and Supportive Care (MTCSC) is a comprehensive, 4-day training for qualified massage therapists (MT’s). The course content is based on international best practice and standards for foundation level oncology massage courses.
This training course is designed to build upon the qualified Massage therapists existing knowledge, skills and experience. In a supportive and interactive learning environment, participants will gain specialized knowledge and skills necessary for working safely and effectively with clients; with a history of cancer, cancer survivors, during and after cancer treatment, and receiving palliative care.
Hands-on instruction and supervised practice are purposefully interwoven throughout to support the theory, combined with self-directed learning, groupwork and reflective practice. On Day 4 therapists will conduct a consultation and provide a comfort orientated touch therapy session for a client with a history of cancer.
What will this course provide?
- Specialized training
- Safe and Best practice
- Practical experience
About the Trainer:
Ann Marie qualified as a nurse in 1995 and subsequently worked in a range of healthcare settings in Ireland, UK and Australia. Recognizing the value of touch in providing patient care and comfort, she was inspired to pursue training in a variety of complementary therapies including massage therapy, aromatherapy and reflexology.
Since 2002, Ann Marie has been providing complementary therapies (including massage, reflexology and aromatherapy) for oncology and palliative care clients. Having identified a knowledge gap from previous complementary therapy training, to meet the complex needs of these clients, she sought specialized training to support and develop her practice; (Adapting Reflexology for Cancer Care, Adapting Complementary Therapies for Cancer Care, Massage for People Living with Cancer, Advanced Clinical Aromatherapy, The Use of Essential Oils in the Cancer Environment, The HEARTS Process).
In 2009, Ann Marie obtained an Honours degree in Complementary Medicine in Healthcare from Thames Valley University London. She currently works within a multidisciplinary care team as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in Complementary Therapies at Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services Dublin, and sessional complementary therapist at St Brigid’s Hospice Kildare.
An experienced trainer and mentor, Ann Marie also brings to this training course over 16 years practical experience working with clients living with cancer (at all stages), including private practice, cancer support and hospice care.
To increase participants’ knowledge and competence in providing appropriate massage and touch techniques for people living with cancer.
On completion of this course you will have gained both the knowledge and practical experience to enable you to;
1.Develop an understanding of how cancer manifests and spreads in the body.
2.Have an increased awareness of the implications of a cancer diagnosis and associated treatments for a person.
3.Know how to promote client comfort having increased awareness of their condition, treatments, side-effects of treatments and medical devices.
4.Take a comprehensive history which enables you and the client to make informed decisions about safe and effective massage/ touch treatments.
5.Know what the contraindications are
6.Recognise when special precautions are required to offer clients safe and appropriate care (including lymphoedema).
7.Adapt your massage/touch techniques tailored to the individual needs of clients and offer them greater choice.
8.Recognize your scope of practice and know when and to whom to refer the client for further help.
9.Be more confident working with clients with complex medical and psychosocial needs.
Course content includes:
- Overview of Cancer, effects on the body, implications for Massage/Touch therapy
- Cancer treatments and implications for Massage
- Benefits of massage in cancer care- Evidence Base
- Safe and Best Practice
- Special precautions and adaptations
- Effective communication and documentation
- Self-care for therapists
- Supervised Client Clinic
Number of Participants:
Places are limited on this course to allow plenty of individual attention and support throughout the course.
Each learner’s understanding and competency will be observed and assessed by the facilitator throughout the course in addition to the following:
- Completion of a comprehensive knowledge quiz
- Submission of one case study.
- Practical on Day 4: Therapists will conduct an assessment, provide a comfort orientated massage for a client with a history of cancer and evaluate the session.
The course is 32 hours over four days. To receive a certificate of completion, participants must attend all 32 hours. (In the case of an emergency that prevents the participant from being in attendance for up to two hours, the instructor may assign work that approximates the missed material)
- Recognised qualification in massage, anatomy and physiology.
- Membership of professional association for massage therapy.
- Professional indemnity and public liability insurance.
- Required pre-course reading: available following booking
- Recommended Text books:MacDonald G (2014) “Medicine Hands: Massage Therapy for People with Cancer,” 3rd Ed. Findhorn Press Scotland
- Required materials:Plinth cover, flat sheet (single bed size), light weight blanket or large towel, 2 – 3 pillows, massage medium (lotion or base oil), journaling/note taking materials, hand sanitizer, non-fragrant tissues and non-fragrant cleansing wipes. Therapists are required to wear professional attire is for Client clinic on day 4.
Full course cost- €440
Reservation is secured with a non-refundable deposit of €100
Full payment is required 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form, or Phone Catriona Plunkett 087-6011797
*** 10 places max per class ***