Massage Therapy at End of Life

Date: Sep 27, 2015
Time: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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


Eva Pendleton

Lecture / Hands – On
Single Class Tuition: $267
Prerequisite: Introduction to Oncology Massage
7 CE hours NCBTMB / NYS-certified

Participants will receive a brief review of topics from the Introduction to Oncology Massage course, including hospice, common terminal illnesses, and stages of dying, as well as specific instruction in working with clients at the end of life. Approaches to the work, including philosophy/intention (comfort, not rehabilitation), session length, modified techniques, and contraindications, will all be addressed.

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

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

 Demonstrate an understanding of end-of-life care as it pertains to massage therapy

 Describe the dying process using clinical terminology

 Demonstrate appropriate modified massage techniques for each stage of dying

 List contraindications and special concerns in working with the dying.

EP_sunflowerEva Pendleton, LMT is the Manager of Integrative Health at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Perlmutter Cancer Center. She is responsible for developing outpatient wellness programming for all stages of cancer treatment and survivorship. Current offerings include massage therapy, acupuncture, and yoga, with additional programs in development. Prior to joining NYULMC, Ms. Pendleton served as Director of Complementary Therapy at Hospice Care Network. While at HCN she developed a massage therapy program for inpatients, a unique Reiki program to serve clients who were receiving bereavement services, and she also spearheaded a six-month partnership with the StoryCorps Legacy program order to help clients preserve the stories that are most important to them. Ms. Pendleton became a massage therapist in 1999, obtaining certification from the Swedish Institute. She also has an MA from NYU and a BA from Wesleyan University.

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