Mindful Massage for Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Date: Sep 21, 2019 - Sep 22, 2019
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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


Janine Genovese, LCSW, OSW-C
Eva Pendleton, LMT

Lecture / Hands – On
$480
Prerequisite: Introduction to Oncology Massage (or Equivalent)
Contact vanessa@catanyc.com to Register
12 CE hours NCBTMB / NYS-certified

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The first day of this course is designed to prepare massage therapists with specialty training to offer informed and compassionate palliative and end-of-life support for persons with the diagnosis of cancer and their caregivers at any stage. Coordination with multiple partners in the care team is emphasized with development of a care plan.

Lecture and discussion to explore end-of-life and palliative care measures. Demonstration and return demonstration of gentle touch therapies are utilized for support for the client and caregivers. At the end of class, students will be able to verbalize understanding of palliative and end-of-life care [PELC] in the context of the person with symptoms of cancer or the treatment process. Students will:

  • Differentiate between palliative care, end-of-life and hospice
  • Discuss feelings, values, attitudes and expectations on the topic of death and grief
  • Verbalize experiences of loss, suffering, grief and bereavement
  • Explore the variety of perceptions one may have around the grieving process for the client and the family
  • Discuss the definition of palliative care as compared to other care models
  • Describe basic principles regarding a multi-dimensional care model
  • Acknowledge end-of-life signs and symptoms and measures to alleviate suffering
  • Verbalize the concept of promotion of massage therapy, touch therapy or energy work as palliative care and model for the client and caregivers
  • Discuss ways to communicate effectively and with an interdisciplinary team and how to participate in the coordination of care
  • Demonstrate skill in development of a plan for palliative care and end-of-life needs within a variety of settings.

On Day 2, 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.

IMG_5425Janine Genovese, LCSW, OSW-Cis a Senior Social Worker at the NYU Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center. She works with cancer patients and their families and caregivers providing emotional support and counseling as they experience life with cancer. She assists patients with the psychological, social, emotional and spiritual issues that people with cancer are faced with. She also facilitates weekly support groups for patients living with lung cancer. She has been in the field of medical social work for 6 years with a focus in palliative and end of life care [PELC]. She obtained her masters degree in Social Work (MSW) and a Post Master’s certificate in Palliative and End of Life Care from New York University’s Silver school of Social Work. She received her undergraduate Bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton in Counseling and Human Services, with a minor in Psychology and a concentration in Human Development.

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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