Massage For the Breast Cancer Client

Date: Jan 20, 2024 - Jan 21, 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: $480    Early Bird Tuition: $250
12 CEs (NCBTMB/NY Certified)

Prerequisite: Introduction to Oncology Massage (or equivalent)

To register, contact: michael@catanyc.com 

This class is designed to guide massage therapists through the critical thought process needed to offer safe and effective touch therapy to clients with breast cancer.

Through lecture and discussion, participants will receive an overview of the basic pathophysiology of breast cancer, including the concepts of disease progression and staging. Lecture material will include identifying the types of breast cancer, standard treatment approaches, and the physical/emotional impact of a breast cancer diagnosis and its treatment. Discussion will include identifying postural imbalances and common complaints post-diagnosis, surgery, radiation treatment, and more. Discussion will also include the interdisciplinary team approach to care.

Hands-on instruction and practice will focus on palpation, assessment, and massage techniques for addressing the muscles and fascia of the targeted area in a focused and specific way. Therapists will learn how to help clients restructure their holding patterns to generate pain relief, fluidity, and ease of movement.

Therapists will leave the class with tools to critically think through all the information provided by the client and design a safe, effective, therapeutic massage treatment.

This course is appropriate for licensed massage therapists who are considering entering the field of oncology massage, whether in a paid hospital-based position or a volunteer capacity. It is also designed to help support LMTs in private practice who may encounter serious breast cancer-related issues in the course of working with clients.

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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