Craniosacral Therapy for Mesothelioma Patients

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What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly cancer that forms in the lining of the lungs or abdomen and is caused by exposure to asbestos fibers. The survival rate for malignant mesothelioma is often low, and the average life expectancy is around12-21 months. A mesothelioma specialist may be able to improve a patient’s prognosis with a customized treatment plan using surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.

4 Stages of Mesothelioma

Once a patient is diagnosed with mesothelioma, doctors use mesothelioma staging to see how far the cancer has spread through the body. Although doctors use certain determinations for severity in all mesothelioma types, pleural mesothelioma is the only type with a formal staging system. Knowing the stage of mesothelioma helps doctors develop the most effective treatment plan to improve prognosis and life expectancy.

Types of Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma typically forms in the lining of the lungs (the pleura) or the abdominal organs (the peritoneum). It also can appear in the lining of the heart (the pericardium) or other locations in the body in rare cases. In each case, symptoms start out mild and eventually build into serious, chronic ailments. All forms of mesothelioma are caused by asbestos exposure.

Mesothelioma Prognosis

A mesothelioma prognosis is the predicted outcome of the patient’s condition that describes life expectancy and survival rate. The average life expectancy for mesothelioma is roughly 1 to 2 years, with about 10% of patients surviving 5 years after diagnosis. One of the most effective ways to improve mesothelioma prognosis is through treatments such as surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.

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Master Class Series 2016

This year the Master Class Series will be a series of bodywork technique classes. The material will be determined by the participants on the day of the class, or by the instructor, Michael Alicia.

If you would like to see a particular protocol or review work to a particular part of the body or for a particular condition, feel free to email at least a week in advance.

Class will meet approximately once a month on Mondays from 11:15am to 1:15pm.

Feb. 1, Feb. 22, Mar. 14, Apr. 18, May 16, June 13, July 18, Sept. 12, Oct. 17, Nov. 14.

Price: $25/class, or $100 for a series of 5 classes paid in advance.

What to Bring: Sheet, towel, pillow case, lubricant and shorts and sports bra for women (in case we do postural analysis).

These classes do not award CEs.

If you are interested in learning more or reserving your place in a class, email


Michael Alicia, LMT is the Founder and Director of CATA, NYC. He has been a licensed massage therapist since 1992 with a thriving practice in Manhattan.  Referrals come from long-time satisfied clients, New York’s Broadway and Ballet communities, as well as doctors and chiropractors who prescribe massage for acute injury, chronic pain, stress reduction and performance enhancement. His therapeutic sessions are crafted with an eye toward resolving chronic problems using a variety of techniques, including various forms of massage like Swedish, deep tissue, medical massage, shiatsu and Thai massage, while also including rehabilitative exercises in the form of stretching and strengthening exercises.

Michael has been a teacher of Swedish massage, shiatsu and Thai massage at the venerable Swedish Institute since 1994. He is also a visiting faculty member at the Therapeutic Massage Training Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina.

He is the author of The Massage Therapist’s Handbook and The Stretching Process DVD and Workshop.

Mind / Body Classes

Our mission is to cultivate a set of tools and techniques to use in our everyday lives to help us deal with those stresses that throw us out of balance physically and energetically. We offer a series of classes that demonstrate effective ways to bring the body, mind and spirit back into alignment so we are happier, healthier and more productive.

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