Each of our associates has training and experience with clients in the hospital and clinic setting, hospice and palliative care, private practice and special events for cancer survivors. We understand the massage requirements of those who have gone through cancer treatment, such as adjusting for the risk of lymphedema, fatigue, bruising, immunosuppression and the side effects of trauma to the body and spirit.
We believe all people with cancer or recovering from its treatment can receive touch therapies such as Swedish massage, shiatsu, Reiki, or fascial release techniques, to name a few. We teach that the key to safety and comfort for clients is in the adjustment of pressure, length of session, positioning, and avoidance of affected areas of the body. Bodywork during treatment and immediate recovery should be undemanding, supportive and soothing. As the client’s energy returns, massage sessions can be part of improving function through range of motion techniques or scar release, or re-establishing body image.
As teachers we aim to present the material in an integrated way that models the care and support we advocate for people living with cancer. The curriculum is focused on balancing clinical thinking with caring touch that embodies respect for the holistic nature of our clients. With hearts open, minds and hands are quieted as therapists find new ways to touch others in need. Participants take away an abundance of clinical information, but equally important are the life lessons and the development of personal awareness.
Each instructor is an independent contractor who follows a curriculum that has been recognized by the Society for Oncology Massage and approved by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Please go to the “Course Offerings” section in the menu to get specific information on current classes.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact
the relevant Oncology Massage Education Associates instructor:
Gayle MacDonald at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meg Robsahm at: email@example.com
Mary Peifer at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Annette Lovett at: email@example.com
Cheryl Smith at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Angela Secretan at: email@example.com
Mary Aguilera-Titus at: firstname.lastname@example.org