Safe Massage For Oncology Patients With Lymphedema

Date: Nov 13, 2021 - Nov 14, 2021
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Bookings are closed for this event.

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

Rebecca Smith, LMT, LLCC



10 CEs NCBTMB/NY Certified

Prerequisite: Introduction to Oncology Massage
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This class is designed to educate licensed practitioners about lymphedema and how to safely work with clients at risk for or with lymphedema. Lecture and discussion will include risks of lymphedema within oncology and other special populations, anatomy of the lymphatic system, classifications of and common physiological changes due to lymphedema, signs and symptoms, and contraindications and precautions. There will be demonstration and practice of how to adapt standard massage techniques when working with the lymphedema clients. After the demonstration there will be discussion on modifications to practitioners’ flow of the massage session. The goal of this class is to give practitioners the tools to safely and effectively work with the lymphedema population within massage protocols and methodology.

Rebecca Smith, LMT, LLCC is a NYS Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Lymphedema Therapist (LLCC), NCBTMB recognized oncology massage specialist, holding a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and an AS in Occupational Sciences from the Swedish Institute in NYC.

In 2011 Rebecca joined NYU Perlmutter Cancer Center’s Integrative Health team as a Senior Massage Therapist and Senior Lymphatic Therapist, providing Lymph Drainage Therapy and CranioSacral Therapy treatments in the Integrative Health clinic and massage to patients during their chemotherapy infusions. In 2014, she was a collaborator in the initial creation of the Oncology Massage Training program, a founding faculty member after the program partnered with CATA in 2015, and served as the program’s Oncology Studio Director overseeing procedures and protocols. She joined Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Integrative Medicine Service (2016-2020) as a specialty therapist addressing lymphedema, post-mastectomy pain syndrome, axillary web syndrome, radiation fibrosis, and post-mantle field sequelae.

Rebecca is a Managing Partner at Advanced Massage Specialty Group, Inc.  Her private practice, Body Craft Massage Therapy, PLLC, focuses on treating lymphedema and oncology patients during all stages of treatment and recovery.

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