Posts Categorized: massage as healthcare

Meet the team! Mishka K. Cira, Healwell Board Member

Mishka K. Cira, MPH joined Healwell’s Board of Directors in December 2016. She is a graduate of Potomac Massage Training Institute and is now contractor to the Center for Global Health at the National Cancer Institute-NIH.  She works with governments in low- and middle-income countries to support their national cancer control planning process, by linking… Read more »

Superstar Teagan

Imagine that your child is born and mere weeks later she is diagnosed with a so-often-deadly ATRT brain tumor.  Eric Annis and Amanda Leland don’t have to imagine.  That’s exactly what happened to them and their daughter, Teagan. We got to touch them…and they touched us. They sent us this quick video because they wanted… Read more »

Beyond Beautiful: Dianna Dapkins from Pure Pro

Dianna Dapkins is the creator and president of Pure Pro high quality massage products. Healwell uses Pure Pro’s Hypoallergenic Massage Lotion for all of our Oncology Massage classes and hands-on clinics. For years Dianna has been generously donating this lotion to our students. We asked her to tell us a little bit about how Healwell’s… Read more »

Making It Up As We Go Along

By Lauren Muser Cates Oncology massage is full of “it depends” and “maybe, but…” scenarios. This feature may truly be at the root of why I love it so much. There is no one answer and there never will be. Hallelujah! I feel incredibly lucky to have been mentored by two of the kindest, most… Read more »

Meet the team! Bettina Peterson, CMT

Tina Peterson, CMT is one of Healwell’s direct service practioners. She was kind enough to share her smart, beautiful thoughts about her work providing massage (dancing in space and time, and listening, listening, listening) at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Virginia. Please start by telling us a little about yourself. I live in Falls Church,… Read more »

Traumatic Scar Management: An Interview with Nancy Keeney Smith

Healwell is honored to be presenting Traumatic Scar Management with Nancy Keeney Smith at the Teal Center, January 8-10, 2016. She was gracious enough to spend some time talking with us about her work, the class, and her soon-to-be-released textbook. Healwell: How did you get involved in this kind of work? What drew you to… Read more »

Doctor’s Orders

How many times have you heard another massage therapist say something like, “Well, I got the doctor’s permission, so I…” after which she launches into a story about choosing to ignore this issue or that contraindication or choosing not to ask that question or make this adjustment, all because they had a doctor’s note? Too… Read more »

Stop Whining and Start Reading

Massage therapists have historically lamented the lack of respect paid our profession by the medical community, insurance companies and even the public.  We roll our eyes and throw up our hands, mystified and defeated by our perennial subjugation. Woe are we! I have good news, friends.  The mystery is over.  We can stop demonizing doctors,… Read more »