Assessment & Application Of Oncology Massage

Date: Dec 11, 2021 - Dec 12, 2021
Time: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Bookings are closed for this event.

Date: Dec 11, 2021- Dec 12, 2021
Time: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

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

Patrick Eastmond, LMT



8 CEs (NCBTMB/NY Certified)
Prerequisite: Introduction to Oncology Massage

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This course is designed as a focused practicum to help students assimilate and apply the material from the foundational courses in the oncology massage program: Introduction to Oncology Massage, Safe Massage for Oncology Patients with Lymphedema and Pharmacological Considerations for Oncology Massage. Alternate bolstering and draping will be practiced in depth. Hands-on time will also include practice of modifying standard massage techniques and
pressure required for safe yet effective massage for the oncology population. Case studies presented will hone students’ critical thinking skills, especially as related to formulation of treatment plans, adaptations to intake protocols, and communication with the client’s medical team.

At the end of this course students will be able to:

 Explore cautions and contraindications based on client’s medical history, cancer type, and medications

 Discuss what complaints may present based on disease, medications and standard chemo treatment options

 Demonstrate understanding of information vital to oncology population intake

 Delineate necessary questions to consider for intake form(s)

 Demonstrate understanding of use of standard oncological medical devices and prosthetics

 Demonstrate appropriate use of alternate positioning as needed to safely provide full-body massage for clients
with medical device attachments

 Demonstrate how to safely and appropriately work with clients with medical devices in seated position

 Demonstrate how to adapt standard bolstering for clients with special considerations including but not limited
to post-operative pain, lymphedema cautions, axillary web syndrome, etc.

 Show understanding of appropriate use of various touch pressures

 Verbalize for clients when and why it is necessary to modify intensity of pressure used during massage

 Demonstrate adaptations to common massage techniques to facilitate effective tissue change while following
necessary precautions

 Demonstrate knowledge of common side-effects from specific classes of chemotherapy agents

 Demonstrate knowledge of contraindications due to oncological medications and how to modify massage
session accordingly

 Strategize during intake to modify session plans due to client’s reported medication side-effects

 Understand when necessary to refer client to another practitioner, modality, or to contact client’s medical team

 Demonstrate appropriate use of PPE (personal protective equipment) – to glove or not to glove

 Discuss and effectively write massage session notes.

Patrick Eastmond, LMT, has experience in a variety of massage techniques and modalities, which landed him a Senior Trainer/Educator position for XpresSpa at JFK Airport (2012-2018), and a massage therapy residency at the Virgin Atlantic Airlines Upper Class Lounge (2018-2020).  Currently, Patrick is the Senior Clinical Supervisor for the partnership with the Oncology Massage Program at CATA and Bellevue Hospital breast cancer clinic, where he mentors and supervises oncology massage students.  In 2021, Partick joined the Advanced Massage Specialty Group, Inc as a faculty member, and Creative Director of Product Design.


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