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Date: Feb 4, 2024
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Online bookings are not available for this class, please see registration info below.

Ericka Clinton, B.S., LMT

Lecture / Hands–On
Single Class Tuition: $240    Early Bird Tuition: $195
6 CEs (NCBTMB/NY Certified)

Prerequisite: Introduction to Oncology Massage (or equivalent)

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This class describes the processes of inflammation and tissue repair in normal wound healing and examines complications of healing such as fibrosis, delayed healing, and lymphedema, resulting from cancer treatment. Participants will review patient intake, design treatment strategies to address scar tissue and/or fibrosis, and learn and practice hands-on techniques designed to un-adhere tissues and improve tissue pliability in postoperative cancer patients.

Students will demonstrate proficiency in the following hands-on techniques: multidirectional friction; skin rolling/lifting strokes; active and passive myofascial release techniques; positional release; and passive stretching.

Students will practice designing and implementing hands-on massage sessions targeting scar tissue for patients with a history of surgery to the trunk wall, abdomen or pelvis, head/neck, or extremities.

We will also practice and discuss positioning options for patients with scar tissue or the trunk, head/neck, abdomen, and/or pelvis.

Students will learn to list and describe the four stages of inflammation and tissue repair and the types of hands-on therapies appropriate at wound sites during each stage; to define fibrosis and describe its causes and consequences; to describe radiation therapy and the differences between external and internal RT; to recognize indications and contraindications for touch therapy at RT sites; to list conditions that delay tissue healing including lymphedema, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, infection, and implanted hardware, and describe the way that each can impact a massage therapy session; to describe the anatomical effects of common cancer surgeries; to ask questions specific to cancer patients with a history of surgery.

Ericka Clinton, B.S., LMT is a NY State Licensed Massage Therapist.  She obtained her license in 1998 after earning a Massage Therapy Diploma from the Swedish Institute.  She has been a faculty member and administrator at the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences in New York City since 2000.  As a member of the faculty, she has taught practical classes in both Western and Eastern modalities and supervised clinical internships and externships. In 2015 Ericka earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesthetic Neuroscience from Empire State College.

Ericka maintains a private practice as a massage therapist and has worked as a therapist for NY Presbyterian Medical Center’s Integrative Medicine Program, and from 2011-2013 worked at the Bendheim Integrative Medicine Center run by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  She currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Society For Oncology Massage (S4OM) as well as the Managing Director for the Oncology Massage Training Program and the Managing Supervisor for the Clinic at the Center for the Advancement for Therapeutic Arts (CATA).

She currently teaches a variety of continuing education courses for Massage Therapists in NY and outside the US.  Her courses cover various topics such as oncology massage, Shiatsu, medical massage, anatomy, and working with special populations.



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