Massage for Head and Neck Cancers

Date: Oct 4, 2015
Time: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

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


Ericka Clinton, LMT

8 CEs (approval pending)

This course introduces massage therapists to cancers of the brain, head and neck. We will
cover basic pathology information as well as the depth and breadth of the benefit of bodywork for clients with these cancers.

The day will include lecture, where we will identify and discuss the types of cancers (including oral
cavity, pharynx, larynx, salivary glands, sinuses), standard approaches to treatment, and the
physical/emotional repercussions of treatment. We will also describe in detail the various postural
imbalances and complaints reported by these clients.

The hands-on portion will involve demonstration of techniques applicable to various complaints and disease progression and time for students to practice. Specific muscle palpation, assessment, and techniques such as myofascial release, muscle stripping and trigger point therapy will be the focus of the hands-on work.

Therapists will leave this class with the ability to design effective, safe and therapeutic treatment plans.

Ericka Clinton, LMT is a NY State Licensed Massage Therapist since 1998. She has been a faculty member and administrator at the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences in New York City since 2001. She currently serves as the Assistant Dean and Chair of the Clinical Studies Department for the Massage Therapy Program. She teaches practical classes in both Western and Eastern modalities and supervises clinical internships. Ericka maintains a private practice as a massage therapist and has worked as a massage therapist for NY Presbyterian Medical Center’s Integrative Medicine Program and most recently at the Bendheim Integrative Medicine Center run by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She also creates and teaches continuing education courses for massage therapists in the US, Jamaica and most recently Mexico. Ericka earned her Massage Therapy Diploma from the Swedish Institute, and has continued studying various forms of structural and myofascial work. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesthetic Neuroscience at Empire State College. She has participated in research projects related to massage therapy as a principal investigator and interviewer. Ericka has also appeared twice on the Martha Stewart Living Radio program and contributed to various articles on massage therapy.

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