• We improve the quality of life

    Healwell recognizes each patient as a whole being as it extends the range of healing and care available to patients with serious and life-limiting conditions.  We use massage therapy to go beyond addressing symptoms.  Our practitioners and their skillful hands reduce anxiety, restore a sense of connection, and improve the overall experience of disease and treatment.


Healwell improves the quality of life by providing massage therapy to pediatric and adult oncology patients, pediatric bone marrow transplant patients and others affected by serious and life-limiting conditions at George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates, Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, VA and at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC in direct partnership with the hospitals’ medical teams.

Healwell provides over 1000 hours of service annually at the facilities it serves.

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Stewardship Program

Healwell trains massage therapists each year through its Hospital Massage Therapy Stewardship Program, an intensive 9-day continuing education course in hospital-based practice, including 6 days of hands-on clinical practice working with patients on three discrete units at Virginia Hospital Center.

Oncology and Clinical Massage

The Healwell team also offers a variety of courses in Oncology Massage and other aspects of clinical practice in hospital and classroom settings across the United States.  Healwell also provides basic and advanced education in oncology massage with courses designed to serve practitioners at all levels in a variety of settings.  The members of our instructor team all work actively in oncology and clinical massage and work together to create and deliver courses that prepare therapists to support a broad spectrum of medically complex clients and patients.

Healwell Presents

Healwell invites presenters from all aspects of healthcare to share their experiences in the form of workshops, lectures and continuing education courses for massage therapists and other caregivers.  These events are open to professional practitioners and often to the general public.

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Healwell works in partnership with healthcare providers and facilities to demonstrate the ability of hands-on integrative therapies to measurably improve outcomes for patients through clinically sound, replicable methods.  We are measuring the effect of massage therapy on the pediatric and adult experience of cancer treatment as well as that of hospitalization for a variety of other serious and life-limiting diseases.

Contact us today to learn how you can support us in realizing a world in which the practice of massage therapy is evidence-informed and accessible to everyone! 

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