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Oncology Massage Intensive

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This six-day oncology massage course is an opportunity to learn not only the basics of oncology massage, but also some of the more specific details that will get you started if your path is leading you in the direction of working with clients affected by cancer.


Students will develop a working knowledge of the disease process of cancer as it relates to massage therapy as well as the ability to speak intelligently with colleagues, other medical professionals and clients about the benefits and safety of oncology massage. The course includes daily opportunities to practice hands-on protocols and techniques which can be put into practice immediately. Six days also affords the opportunity to address the topics of building an oncology massage practice and/or hospital program, including how to talk to doctors, how to approach medical offices and infusion centers and how to network within existing programs. In addition to technical skills, students will learn about themselves and their beliefs and assumptions about disease, wellness and death and dying. It might be the most fun you’ve ever had learning about cancer.


This course includes three supervised, hands-on clinics with actual clients (one specifically addressing scar tissue and two full-body, client-centered sessions).

Monday, June 15, 2020 – Saturday, June 20, 2020
8:30AM – 5:30PM


2990 Telestar Court, Falls Church, VA 22042

This course is open to graduates of a 500+ hour professional massage therapy training program.

Tuition: $900 if paid in full by April 15th (increases to $1000 on April 16th)


At the time of registration, you may choose to pay just $500 deposit. In order to receive the early registration discount, you must pay the $400 balance no later than April 15, 2020.

Cancellation Policy (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)


A $500 deposit is required to hold your space in this class. Included in this deposit is a non-refundable $75 registration fee. The full course tuition is due no later than 30 days prior to the first day of class.


If you cancel or withdraw from a course 30 days prior to the course start date you will be refunded your full tuition less the $75 registration fee. If you cancel or withdraw from a course fewer than 30 days (but more than one week) prior to the course start date you will be refunded 50% of your tuition less the $75 registration fee. If you cancel or withdraw from a course fewer than 7 days prior to the course start date your tuition will be non-refundable.


In the event of proper documentation of medical emergency, death in the immediate family, or weather prohibiting travel your entire tuition (including the registration fee) may be allowed to be rolled over to a workshop at a later date. This special consideration will be allowed one time only at the discretion of the instructor.


If fewer than 10 students are enrolled in a course 30 days before the course start date, Healwell may cancel the class. If a course is cancelled due to low enrollment your tuition (including the registration fee) will be refunded in full.

(Strongly) Recommended Reading:

Medicine Hands: Massage Therapy for People with Cancer, by Gayle MacDonald, MS, LMT

Medical Conditions and Massage Therapy: A Decision Tree Approach, by Tracy Walton


48 Continuing Education Units
Approved for Continuing Education by NCBTMB


Practitioners who complete this course qualify to register as Preferred Practitioners with the Society for Oncology Massage.

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