Oncology Massage Therapist - 300Hrs
Cost: $5,128


($4,986 if use prepay option for each class)

Program Overview: Massage can be given to any patient at any stage of the cancer experience. Oncology Massage training provides guidelines to massage therapists for safe application of their personal massage style to those with active cancer, those in remission or those in treatment. Isabel Adkins is the primary teacher and her approach integrates both western and eastern modalities to address symptoms and side effects of both treatment and disease. 

The Massage Therapy Institute offers a comprehensive 300 hour Oncology Massage Therapist Certification program. Our program is designed to be taken over a period of one & half years to two years in workshop format. Prerequisites to enter this program - Certified or Licensed Massage Therapist (at least 100 hrs of massage training) and Massage for People Living with Cancer© (24 hrs) OR an equivalent class approved by the Society for Oncology Massage (S4OM). This class is always offered at the beginning of our program - twice a year. Required classes are Oncology Massage 1, 2 & 3, Cancer Basics, Oncology Massage Clinic, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, and Oncology Massage Externship and Project. 40 hrs of pathology must have been taken to graduate. All classes are offered in Davis CA. 

Prerequisite:

  • Certified or Licensed Massage Therapist (minimum training 100 hrs)
  • Massage for People Living with Cancer© (24 hrs)(NCBTMB approved for CEU hours) Comfort-oriented massage or touch can be administered to people with cancer regardless of the severity of their condition, and at any stage in the cancer experience. Topics covered include: understanding metastasis - why is massage not contraindicated; adaptations that must be made for clients who have undergone or are undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery; massage protocol for patients at risk for lymphedema; exploration and processing of participants’ personal experience and relationship to cancer; intake procedures; and most importantly, opening the heart to those with serious illness. This class was originated by Gayle MacDonald. This is a critical thinking class and it requires focused, comfortable sitting. We provide floor chairs and if you need something more comfortable, please bring your own chair, pillow, etc.
  • After you have completed Oncology Massage 1, with instructor permission, you may register for the Oncology Massage Externship and Progject. After you have registered for Oncology Massage 3, you may register for the Oncology Massage Therapist Program, with instructor permission.

Instructor: for this program is Isabel Adkins

This certification program consist of these classes. For specific dates and time for these classes, see list below or workshop schedule: 

Oncology Massage 1 -Blending East with West ™ (22 hrs) Class will allow body therapists to enhance their work with cancer patients by integrating Reflexology and Acupressure skills with the Massage for People Living with Cancer© protocol in regard to pressure adjustments, sites that need to be avoided and client positioning. While looking at the body from an Eastern Medicine point of view, practitioners will learn: how to support the internal organs during disease, treatment and recovery; how to address symptoms more directly by understanding how the organs “network”; how to mitigate the side effects of treatment and symptoms of disease, such as low blood counts, nausea, fatigue, neuropathy, weakness in the limbs, and GI tract disorders; how to strengthen the immune system; the importance of Ayurvedic oils for cancer cure; the psychological aspects of living with a potentially fatal disease and how that may impact the immune system. Materials fee $16 to be paid to instructor. This class also requires focused sitting. We provide floor chairs and if you need something more comfortable, please bring your chair, pillow, etc.Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training plus "Massage for People Living with Cancer" or equivalent Society for Oncology Massage approved class. Instructor: Isabel Adkins.

Oncology Massage 2 - Integrating Complementary Therapies ™ (40 hrs) In this class, we will enhance our protocol for cancer patients, integrating the reflexology and back shu bladder points learned in Oncology 1 with acupressure points along seven of the major meridians: spleen, liver, stomach, kidney, lung, conception vessel, large intestine and pericardium. Students will explore the psychological aspects of the organs: their personalities in terms of likes, dislikes and emotions. Students will establish a direct relationship between what each organ influences physically to the human behavior it also regulates. Students will develop an enhancement of massage protocol: specific acupressure points to address different signs & symptoms of disease and treatments. Finally, students will practice with volunteer clients living with cancer.Prerequisite: Oncology Massage I plus at least 50 hrs of swedish-style massage training. Instructor: Isabel Adkins.

Oncology Massage 3 - Working with Cancer, Understanding Trauma ™ (40 hrs) In this class we will be exploring how the cancer experience may lead to trauma for the central nervous system. We will look at: the physiology biochemistry and symptoms of trauma; situations in which having cancer and treatments may be perceived as “danger” for the body; useful forms of bodywork, including acupressure, to approach symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; and appropriate communication to use when interacting with a client in a state of trauma. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the certification program or significant experience in Oncology massage with consent of instructor. Must have taken Oncology Massage I and 2, Oncology Massage Clinic, and 30-40 supervised internship massage sessions (number to be determined between student and instructor) Instructor: Isabel Adkins.

Oncology Massage Clinic 1(8 hrs)This class will review class material and supervised clinic with clients. This Clinic will be offered every Sping and Fall right after Onc Mass 1. Prerequisite: MFPWC and Oncology Massage 1.Instructor: Isabel Adkins.

Oncology Massage Clinic 2(8 hrs)Fine tuning of Acupressure skills and integration of reflexology acupressure and massage. This Clinic will be offered every Spring, right after Clinic 1. Prerequisite: Clinic 1, Oncology Massage 2 and 30/40 supervised practice sessions. Instructor: Isabel Adkins.

Oncology Massage Clinic 3 & 4(8 hrs + 8 hrs) Will be offered Spring 2016, right after Clinic 1 & 2. Clinic prerequisites and descriptions to be announced. Instructor: Isabel Adkins.

Cancer Basics - East and West Meeting ™ (24 hrs) This class is designed to give the oncology massage therapist an in depth understanding of the cancer process, from the malignant cell and how it becomes so, to the effect of the disease process on each individual organ and the body as a whole. Students will learn to: Identify the body systems affected by cancer in each organ discussed, Define the most likely sites of metastasis from the original tumor site, Identify side effects of standard chemotherapy agents, and Identify oncologic emergencies and know the action to be taken. Prerequisite: Oncology Massage I (Oncology Massage 2 Recommended). We provide floor chairs. Please bring your own comfortable sitting stuff. Please also bring a set of sheets and pillowcase. Instructor: Connie Kishbaugh.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage Certification (45 hrs) This 6-day MLD certification course is based on the techniques developed by Dr. Emil Vodder, Ph.D. When skillfully applied, this therapeutic form of soft tissue mobilization dramatically enhances lymph formation and promotes drainage within the superficial and deep systems of the lymph vascular network. During this course, students will be instructed in anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system. Basic MLD treatment sequences as well as MLD treatment sequences for mild, medically uncomplicated upper and lower extremity lymphedema will be demonstrated and practiced. Each day will be divided into two sections, one theoretical and the second, hands-on application. Topics covered in this class are relevant anatomy and scientific technology to the lymphatic system. Students will learn to: differentiate between the normal and diseased states of the lymphatic system (physiology and pathophysiology of the lymphatic system); understand the indications and contraindications related to the use of MLD; be able to perform the techniques of MLD for all body areas; develop appropriate treatment strategies for indications such as post-surgical edema, posttraumatic edema, fibromyalgia, general detoxification and other conditions; perform MLD on clients after breast surgery for cancer (clients at risk to develop lymphedema); and competently perform MLD on clients with mild, medically uncomplicated primary or secondary lymphedema. Please note: This course will not prepare the participant for the Complete Decongestive Therapy treatment of lymphedema. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training. Instructor: Rene Janiece. 

Community Project / Externship and Evaluation (97 hrs) This is an individual module with a combination of: around 70 practice sessions with cancer patients done with one-on-one consultation time as needed with Isabel. A relevant oncology massage community project approved and supervised by Isabel. A final assessment of the students's knowledge and skills.

Required before Graduation:

You may pay class by class, at prices listed (cost for these classes are as follows: Oncology Massage 1 -Blending East with West ™ ($396), Oncology Massage 2 - Integrating Complementary Therapies ™ ($720), Oncology Massage 3 - Working with Cancer, Understanding Trauma ™ ($720), Oncology Massage Clinic - Practicum ($676), Cancer Basics - East and West Meeting ™ ($490), Manual Lymphatic Drainage Certification ($950), Community Project / Evaluation ($1110).

Classes may be taken in any order as long as you are in compliance with any prerequisite requirement. Please note that to use the term 'Certified in California', you must be certified by the California Massage Therapy Council (camtc.org)
 
It is recommended that students take two consecutive classes only, unless the third class is the Oncology Massage Clinic class.

Students are permitted to transfer some classes into this certification program. These classes are MLD taken through Klose training at another location OR Oncology Massage 1 & 2 if taken with Isabel Adkins at another location (offered in Chicago). Cost to transfer these hours into the program is $100.



UPCOMING CLASSES

OCTOBER 2014


MASSAGE FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH CANCER (24 hrs) Wed, Thu & Fri, Oct 15, 16 & 17 (9 am - 6 pm) (NCBTMB approved for CEU hours). Comfort-oriented massage or touch can be administered to people with cancer regardless of the severity of their condition, and at any stage in the cancer experience. Topics covered include: understanding metastasis - why is massage not contraindicated; adaptations that must be made for clients who have undergone or are undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery; massage protocol for patients at risk for lymphedema; exploration and processing of participants’ personal experience and relationship to cancer; intake procedures; and most importantly, opening the heart to those with serious illness. This class was originated by Gayle MacDonald. This is a critical thinking class and requires focused comfortable sitting. We provide floor chairs and if you need something more comfortable, please bring your own chair, pillow, etc. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training. Instructor: Isabel Adkins Cost: $432, 3-Wk Prepay: $412 (Materials fee $25 to be paid to instructor)

ONCOLOGY MASSAGE I (22 hrs) Sat, Oct 18 (11 am – 6 pm), Sun & Mon, Oct 19 (9 am - 6 pm)& 20 (9 am – 6 pm). Class will allow body therapists to enhance their work with cancer patients by integrating Reflexology and Acupressure skills with the Massage for People Living with Cancer© protocol in regard to pressure adjustments, sites that need to be avoided and client positioning. While looking at the body from an Eastern Medicine point of view, practitioners will learn: how to support the internal organs during disease, treatment and recovery; how to address symptoms more directly by understanding how the organs “network”; how to mitigate the side effects of treatment and symptoms of disease, such as low blood counts, nausea, fatigue, neuropathy, weakness in the limbs, and GI tract disorders; how to strengthen the immune system; the importance of Ayurvedic oils for cancer cure; the psychological aspects of living with a potentially fatal disease and how that may impact the immune system. This class also requires focused sitting. We provide floor chairs and if you need something more comfortable, please bring your chair, pillow, etc.Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training plus "Massage for People Living with Cancer" or equivalent Society for Oncology Massage approved class. Instructor: Isabel Adkins. Cost: $396, 3-Wk Prepay: $376 (Materials fee $16 to be paid to instructor) Note: It is recommended that students take two consecutive classes only.

ONCOLOGY MASSAGE 2 (40 hrs) Thu through Mon, Oct 23, 24, 25, 26 & 27 (9 am - 6 pm). In this class, we will enhance our protocol for cancer patients, integrating the reflexology and back shu bladder points learned in Oncology 1 with acupressure points along seven of the major meridians: spleen, liver, stomach, kidney, lung, conception vessel, large intestine and pericardium. Students will explore the psychological aspects of the organs: their personalities in terms of likes, dislikes and emotions. Students will establish a direct relationship between what each organ influences physically to the human behavior it also regulates. Students will develop an enhancement of massage protocol: specific acupressure points to address different signs & symptoms of disease and treatments. Finally, students will practice with volunteer clients living with cancer.Prerequisite: Oncology Massage I. Instructor: Isabel Adkins. Cost: $720, 3-Wk Prepay: $699 (plus materials fee $25 to be paid to instructor)

DECEMBER 2014

MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE CERTIFICATION (45 hrs) Mon through Fri (9 am – 6 pm) & Sat (9 am – 3 pm), Dec 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13. This 6-day MLD certification course is based on the techniques developed by Dr. Emil Vodder, Ph.D. When skillfully applied, this therapeutic form of soft tissue mobilization dramatically enhances lymph formation and promotes drainage within the superficial and deep systems of the lymph vascular network. During this course, students will be instructed in anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system. Basic MLD treatment sequences as well as MLD treatment sequences for mild, medically uncomplicated upper and lower extremity lymphedema will be demonstrated and practiced. Each day will be divided into two sections, one theoretical and the second, hands-on application. Topics covered in this class are relevant anatomy and scientific technology to the lymphatic system. Students will learn to: differentiate between the normal and diseased states of the lymphatic system (physiology and pathophysiology of the lymphatic system); understand the indications and contraindications related to the use of MLD; be able to perform the techniques of MLD for all body areas; develop appropriate treatment strategies for indications such as post-surgical edema, posttraumatic edema, fibromyalgia, general detoxification and other conditions; perform MLD on clients after breast surgery for cancer (clients at risk to develop lymphedema); and competently perform MLD on clients with mild, medically uncomplicated primary or secondary lymphedema. Please note: This course will not prepare the participant for the Complete Decongestive Therapy treatment of lymphedema. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training. Instructor: Rene Janiece Cost: $950. $50 discount if pay in full before Nov. 8.

APRIL 2015

MASSAGE FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH CANCER (24 hrs) Sat, Sun & Mon, Apr 11, 12 & 13 (9 am - 6 pm) (NCBTMB approved for CEU hours). Comfort-oriented massage or touch can be administered to people with cancer regardless of the severity of their condition, and at any stage in the cancer experience. Topics covered include: understanding metastasis - why is massage not contraindicated; adaptations that must be made for clients who have undergone or are undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery; massage protocol for patients at risk for lymphedema; exploration and processing of participants’ personal experience and relationship to cancer; intake procedures; and most importantly, opening the heart to those with serious illness. This class was originated by Gayle MacDonald. This is a critical thinking class and requires focused comfortable sitting. We provide floor chairs and if you need something more comfortable, please bring your own chair, pillow, etc. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training. Instructor: Isabel Adkins Cost: $432, 3-Wk Prepay: $412 (Materials fee $25 to be paid to instructor)

ONCOLOGY MASSAGE I (22 hrs) Tue, Apr 14 (11 am - 6 pm), Wed & Thu, Apr 15 & 16 (9 am - 6 pm) Class will allow body therapists to enhance their work with cancer patients by integrating Reflexology and Acupressure skills with the Massage for People Living with Cancer© protocol in regard to pressure adjustments, sites that need to be avoided and client positioning. While looking at the body from an Eastern Medicine point of view, practitioners will learn: how to support the internal organs during disease, treatment and recovery; how to address symptoms more directly by understanding how the organs “network”; how to mitigate the side effects of treatment and symptoms of disease, such as low blood counts, nausea, fatigue, neuropathy, weakness in the limbs, and GI tract disorders; how to strengthen the immune system; the importance of Ayurvedic oils for cancer cure; the psychological aspects of living with a potentially fatal disease and how that may impact the immune system. This class also requires focused sitting. We provide floor chairs and if you need something more comfortable, please bring your chair, pillow, etc.Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training plus "Massage for People Living with Cancer" or equivalent Society for Oncology Massage approved class. Instructor: Isabel Adkins. Cost: $396, 3-Wk Prepay: $376 (Materials fee $16 to be paid to instructor) 

ONCOLOGY MASSAGE CLINIC 1 (8 hrs) Sat, Apr 18 (9 am 6 pm) This class will review class material and supervised clinic with clients. Prerequisite: MFPWC and Oncology Massage 1. Instructor: Isabel Adkins Cost: $180 3-Wk Prepay: $165.

ONCOLOGY MASSAGE CLINIC 2 (8 hrs) Sun, Apr 19 (9 am 6 pm) Fine tuning of Acupressure skills and integration of reflexology acupressure and massage. Prerequisite: Clinic 1, Oncology Massage 2 and 30/40 supervised practice sessions. Instructor: Isabel Adkins Cost: $180 3-Wk Prepay: $165.

OCTOBER 2015 

MASSAGE FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH CANCER (24 hrs) Wed, Thu & Fri, Oct 14, 15 & 16 (9 am - 6 pm) (NCBTMB approved for CEU hours). Comfort-oriented massage or touch can be administered to people with cancer regardless of the severity of their condition, and at any stage in the cancer experience. Topics covered include: understanding metastasis - why is massage not contraindicated; adaptations that must be made for clients who have undergone or are undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery; massage protocol for patients at risk for lymphedema; exploration and processing of participants’ personal experience and relationship to cancer; intake procedures; and most importantly, opening the heart to those with serious illness. This class was originated by Gayle MacDonald. This is a critical thinking class and requires focused comfortable sitting. We provide floor chairs and if you need something more comfortable, please bring your own chair, pillow, etc. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training. Instructor: Isabel Adkins Cost: $432, 3-Wk Prepay: $412 (Materials fee $25 to be paid to instructor)

ONCOLOGY MASSAGE I (22 hrs) Sat, Oct 17 (11 am – 6 pm), Sun & Mon, Oct 18 (9 am - 6 pm)& 19 (9 am – 6 pm). Class will allow body therapists to enhance their work with cancer patients by integrating Reflexology and Acupressure skills with the Massage for People Living with Cancer© protocol in regard to pressure adjustments, sites that need to be avoided and client positioning. While looking at the body from an Eastern Medicine point of view, practitioners will learn: how to support the internal organs during disease, treatment and recovery; how to address symptoms more directly by understanding how the organs “network”; how to mitigate the side effects of treatment and symptoms of disease, such as low blood counts, nausea, fatigue, neuropathy, weakness in the limbs, and GI tract disorders; how to strengthen the immune system; the importance of Ayurvedic oils for cancer cure; the psychological aspects of living with a potentially fatal disease and how that may impact the immune system. This class also requires focused sitting. We provide floor chairs and if you need something more comfortable, please bring your chair, pillow, etc.Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training plus "Massage for People Living with Cancer" or equivalent Society for Oncology Massage approved class. Instructor: Isabel Adkins. Cost: $396, 3-Wk Prepay: $376 (Materials fee $16 to be paid to instructor) Note: It is recommended that students take two consecutive classes only.

ONCOLOGY MASSAGE 2 (40 hrs) Thu through Mon, Oct 22, 23, 24, 25 & 26 (9 am - 6 pm). In this class, we will enhance our protocol for cancer patients, integrating the reflexology and back shu bladder points learned in Oncology 1 with acupressure points along seven of the major meridians: spleen, liver, stomach, kidney, lung, conception vessel, large intestine and pericardium. Students will explore the psychological aspects of the organs: their personalities in terms of likes, dislikes and emotions. Students will establish a direct relationship between what each organ influences physically to the human behavior it also regulates. Students will develop an enhancement of massage protocol: specific acupressure points to address different signs & symptoms of disease and treatments. Finally, students will practice with volunteer clients living with cancer.Prerequisite: Oncology Massage I. Instructor: Isabel Adkins. Cost: $720, 3-Wk Prepay: $699 (plus materials fee $25 to be paid to instructor) 

 

Please note that in California you may only use the term 'Certified' if you are approved through CAMTC.


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