Significant time is devoted to hands-on practice
including providing a supervised relaxation massage to someone with cancer or a history of cancer.
The 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 other therapists by permission of the instructor.
Because each minute of time available to us in class is precious, some advance reading is required from
Medicine Hands: Massage for People with Cancer,
(3rd Ed.) -
(2014, Findhorn Press).
Be sure you have the 3rd Edition, which can be ordered using the Amazon link at the S4OM website:
S4OM.org. The following sections should be read before attending
Chapter 4: The Side Effects of Cancer Treatment: Why The Need for a Less Demanding Approach
Chapter 5: Pressure, Site and Position: An Organizational Framework
Gathering Information: An Essential Part of the Massage Session
First Do No Harm: Adjusting for the Common Side Effects of Cancer Treatments
Chapter 8: The New Normal: The Role of Massage During Recovery.
offerings and fees for this course.