Healwell trains practicing massage therapists each year through its Hospital Massage Therapy Stewardship Program, an intensive nine-day continuing education course in hospital-based massage therapy practice. The program includes six days of hands-on clinical practice working with patients on three units at Virginia Hospital Center.
This training teaches therapists how to apply critical thinking skills and how to safely work with any patient, regardless of diagnosis. Therapists also learn the many facets of professional and practical excellence in a clinical environment.
The first module, “Orientation to the Hospital Setting” is three days. The second module, “Clinical Observation and Practice” is six days. Therapists must attend both modules within the same cohort to complete the course.
You will be a steward in many ways.
The program provides more than hard skills and knowledge. We are also dedicated to instilling a culture of care and stewardship in therapists. You will be a steward of:
- care for the patients with whom you work
- the legitimacy and value of the discipline of massage therapy in the hospital setting
- a paradigm shift that values compassionate, present, clinically-skilled massage therapists
- the meaningful integration of massage therapy and massage therapists into healthcare