Oncology MassageTraining

 Antoinette Muirhead, LMT, Instructor #50-12568, is an approved provider by the Florida Board of Massage Therapy,   Course #20-286063 for 8 CE Hours.

 Antoinette Muirhead is an approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider # 451652-11CEB_AutomaticallyReports

Antoinette Muirhead has been a working  oncology massage therapist for 12 years and is a founding member of The Society for Oncology Massage.  Her years of clinical experience allows her to provide  massage therapists oncology massage training for patients in treatment for cancer; pre, during and after diagnosis.  Classes are interactive, hands on, fast paced, applicable in a real world setting for spas and private practices.  Extensive class time includes; research, myth buster for massage, emotional issues for both patients and massage therapists, at risk prevention and care for Lymph edema, basic cancer facts, treatments, side effects and restorative healing arts.  Lots of hands on practice and many opportunites for learning stress management techniques.

She completed her training at Sheridan Technical School in Hollywood, Florida.  While in massage school her mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and that started her on her path of oncology massage.  Training with the top massage educators around the country gave her a solid foundation in oncology massage.  Training sessions have been attended by oncology nurses, a physician and MLD therapists who have endorsed her curriculum.  As a working oncology massage therapist there are medical experts that are always available to explain the latest in cancer treatment updates.

She initiated the Massage Therapy Program at Memorial Cancer Institute in Pembroke Pines, Florida eleven years ago, where she is responsible for training new massage therapists for  the  four outpatient cancer centers and two radiation departments.  She initiated the massage program for Adventura Comprehensive Cancer Center, in Adventura, FL in 2010.   She focuses on evidence–based massage for patients during cancer treatment; surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

INTRODUCTION TO ONCOLOGY MASSAGE; FOCUSING ON COMFORT-ORIENTED MASSAGE FOR THE PATIENT LIVING WITH CANCER 8 ceu’s

Purpose and Goals of this Oncology Massage Course

 The goal of this course is designed to give Massage Therapists an introductory level class for oncology massage.  This initial course will allow the Massage Therapist to work safely with family members and private clients, as well in the spa setting.  Topics covered will include massage modifications for cancer treatment, teaching decisions based on evidence based research, strategies for burn out and Mindy-Body healing arts. Opportunities for class conversations relevant for any Massage Therapist working with cancer survivors are; appropriate communication skills, a caring and empathetic demeanor, as well as learning emotional and physical outlets through self reflection techniques.

Instructional Objectives for the Oncology Massage Therapist

1.   Understanding the importance of evidence based research for oncology massage.
2.   Treatments of cancer, side effects of treatment, massage modifications for cancer treatment.
3.  Significance of nodal dissection and risks and preventions for lymph edema.
4.  Mind-Body techniques for the cancer survivor and Massage Therapist.
5.  Recognizing and finding solutions for burn out.

Course Rational – From Intention to Involvement for the Massage Therapist

This course provides an introductory level oncology massage to educate massage therapists in spas and private practice about the special considerations for patients in treatment for cancer; surgery, chemotherapy, radiation treatment, hormonal and biological therapies.  According to the American Cancer Society, the 5 year-year survival rate in the U.S. rose from 50% to 68%.  For people living with cancer and dealing with the life-long side effects of treatment, the increase in survival rates underscores the importance for oncology massage. Massage Therapists need to be aware of cancer treatments and the side effects of cancer; pre, during and after treatment for cancer.  Understanding the benefits and risks of oncology massage and other complementary care helps the patient cope with the side effects of treatment and improves their quality of life.

Chair Massage for the Oncology Survivor  FL Approved Provider 20-304046  2 ceu’s

Chair massage events are a great opportunity to for Massage Therapists to interact with cancer survivors. It is critical that Massage Therapist understand the side effects of treatment; surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatment, to make adaptations to the client at a chair massage event.  Understanding the importance of no deep massage for cancer survivors is critical in reducing the possibility of harm during and after treatment at conferences, events, anywhere chair massage is offered.

 

12 HOUR ONCOLOGY MASSAGE; FOCUSING ON COMFORT-ORIENTED MASSAGE FOR THE PATIENT LIVING WITH CANCER, FL Approved course #20- 317265.  Antoinette Muirhead is a FL Approved Provider # 50-125685 and Approved  by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider # 451652-11

This class offers the Massage Therapist more time to explore the important role that massage offers for the client in cancer treatment; pre, during and after treatment.  The class includes lectures, animated discussions, personal stories, and more time for hands on practice. Increased time will also highlight complementary care that integrates oncology massage therapy with quality of life strategies for patients, survivors and caregivers.  Mind-body techniques that integrate creative arts; movement, meditation and journaling, will be interwoven throughout the class. The additional time in class allows for more time for patient case scenarios; that include bolstering and massage adaptations for treatment side effects of cancer treatment.   Treatment is over, yet long term side effects persist.  Massage strategies for long term side effects of treatment include; permanent neuropathy, awareness of scar tissue from radiation treatment, disease progression, side effects of biological and hormonal therapies, risks and prevention of lymph edema.

16 HOURS ONCOLOGY MASSAGE-FOCUSING ON COMFORT ORIENTED MASSAGE FOR THE ONCOLOGY CLIENT- course number-20-368862

16 hour class offers the Massage Therapist more time to explore the important role that massage offers for the client in cancer treatment; pre, during and after treatment. The class includes lectures, animated discussions, personal stories, and more time for hands on practice with case histories. Increased time will also highlight complementary care that integrates oncology massage therapy with quality of life strategies for patients, survivors and caregivers. Mind-body techniques that integrate creative arts; movement, meditation and journaling, will be interwoven throughout the class. The additional time in class allows for more time for patient case scenarios; that includes bolstering and massage adaptations for treatment side effects and massage modifications.

Treatment is over, yet long term side effects persist. This is a critical piece of oncology massage as the long term side effects need to be understood to ensure safe massage throughout survivorship. Massage strategies for long term side effects of treatment include permanent neuropathy, awareness of scar tissue from radiation treatment, disease progression, side effects of biological and hormonal therapies, risks and prevention of lymph edema.

This unique class will be taught at the beautiful setting that includes walking labyrinths, nature paths and beautiful pond settings for breaks. This training is a great opportunity to incorporate oncology massage training and Mind-Body tranquility for the busy massage therapist.

1. Understanding the importance of evidence based research for oncology massage.

2. Treatments of cancer, side effects of treatment, massage modifications for cancer treatment.

3. Significance of nodal dissection and risks and preventions for lymph edema.

4. Exploring Mind-Body techniques for the cancer survivor and Massage Therapist.

5. Recognizing and finding solutions for burn out.

6. Understanding role of communication and boundaries with clients

Antoinette Muirhead  tonimuirhead@aol.com
 

3 Responses to Oncology MassageTraining

  1. Nancy Haley says:

    I went thru treatment for breast cancer last year. My fiancé is in surgery at this moment for pancreatic cancer, stage 4. I am a RN and would like to learn massage. Where do I start?

    Thank you!

  2. Debby Hale says:

    Toni,
    I enjoyed your class very much in Ft Myers. I would love to take a more indepth program on oncology massage. Do you have any classes or know where I can take some? I appreciated your kindness and straight to the pointness of the issues. Your a blessing to many people I am sure. I am very interested in trying to get the massage to more cancer places in our local area. Do you have any information that could help me do that?- Debby F. Hale

  3. ann says:

    Would like your ceu course schedule for 2012… very interested in oncology massage.