Introduction to Oncology Massage

Date: Jul 25, 2023 - Aug 2, 2023
Time: 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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


Instructor: Michael Alicia, LMT

Lecture / Hands–On
Single Class Tuition: $560     Early Bird Tuition: $450
14 CE hours NCBTMB / NYS-certified

To register, contact: michael@catanyc.com

This Introduction class is the prerequisite for taking any of the classes in the CORE Program or any of the classes in the FULL Program. Students who complete the FULL Progam are eligible to sit for the Specialty Certificate Exam. The Introduction Class is designed to educate licensed massage therapists in the safe practices of Oncology Massage. Students will develop a keen appreciation and understanding of the latest concepts in cancer biology and cancer treatment.

This class will provide students with an understanding of:

  • the biology of cancer, its etiology, and the terminology for working with a cancer population in any setting
  • the risk factors for cancer
  • the different types of cancer
  • the common elements of cancer staging
  • cancer testing techniques and medical devices
  • cancer treatment goals and modalities, their side effects, concerns, and the cumulative effects of treatment
  • the specific considerations for lymphedema, including common side effects
  • HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) laws and develop strong professional and ethical practices

The hands-on portion of the class is designed to introduce practitioners to appropriate touch pressures for working with cancer patients and safe, effective ways to bolster, drape, and position clients for receiving massage.

Michael Alicia, LMT, has been practicing massage since 1992 and an instructor at the Swedish Institute since 1994. His practice and teaching encompass both Eastern and Western massage techniques including Shiatsu, Thai massage, and Swedish massage in its many applications. Michael worked with Felicia Newsome starting in 2014, to create what is arguably the most comprehensive oncology massage training program in the United States. Many of the graduates of the CATA Oncology Massage Training and Specialty Certificate Program have gone on to work at Memorial Sloan Kettering, Mt. Sinai, and NYU Langone Health Hospitals. Alicia is the Executive Director of CATA and Cornerstone Oncology Massage Foundation, a not-for-profit created to provide funding for oncology massage treatment, training, and research.

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