Hands of Hospice: Competent, Compassionate, Clinical Massage Therapy for Hospice
“Healwell has the tag line “We Make Massage Therapy Matter” – they do more than that!!
I work at Alive Hospice as a Volunteer Coordinator and attended the Hands of Hospice course… WOW!!! I encourage everyone doing the beautiful work of hospice to attend. This two day course is a study in learning about yourself and becoming more present in the moment, not only with patients and/or caregivers but yourself as well. You will learn how to genuinely listen and offer your gift of being truly present with others and yourself. Rediscover what you’ve thought you already know.”
~ Joy Nielsen, Volunteer Coordinator at Alive Hospice
Providing massage therapy and skilled, compassionate touch to people and their families at the end of life requires much more than a good heart and a pair of willing hands. The right foundation will enable the massage therapists and volunteers who work in hospice programs to make a measurable, value-added contribution to the care the other members of the care team provide. Properly trained massage therapists can provide the kind of care that goes far beyond “nice” and “comforting” to a place where the experience of the end of life process becomes one of unparalleled support, presence and touch-oriented compassion.
Healwell is raising the bar for massage therapy’s role in the future of how humans care for humans. 98% of the hospice organizations in America claim to offer massage therapy, but meaningfully-integrated massage therapy provided by uncommonly compassionate and skilled massage therapists is a rare thing in those organizations. Neither administrators nor massage therapists understand that specialized training in not only hands-on skills, but in true presence, are essential to making a meaningful, safe and effective contribution to care.