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Oncology Massage

Oncology Massage 101 (24 CEUs)
Course Length: 3 days
Description: This course provides therapists with the essential skills and knowledge to be prepared to treat a variety of clients who are affected by cancer.  Oncology Massage 101 is ideal as a starting place not only for therapists who want to specialize with this population, but also for those who simply want to know what they don’t know so they can make appropriate referrals and also have the confidence to work with clients affected by cancer for those times when these clients unexpectedly show up on their tables.  This course includes a hands-on clinic.
Prerequisite: Must be a practicing massage therapist.
Notes: Practitioners who complete this course qualify to register as Preferred Practitioners with the Society for Oncology Massage.

 

Oncology Massage 201 (24 CEUs)
Course Length: 3 days
Description: This second level Oncology Massage course provides students with more advanced information about cancer pathology, treatment protocols, and side effects. It provides opportunities to strengthen clinical reasoning skills to prepare to work with clients with more complicated health histories.
Prerequisite: Oncology Massage 101 or other foundational course taught by a Society for Oncology Massage Recognized Education Provider.

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Oncology Massage Intensive (48 CEUs)
Course Length: 6 days
Description: This course is a 6-day comprehensive exploration of oncology massage. It includes the essential concepts necessary for providing safe, effective massage to people who have been affected by cancer and cancer treatment. It also includes more advanced material on working with scar tissue, end of life care, hospital-based practice basics, and practice building.  This course includes 3 hands-on clinics. It is appropriate for both seasoned oncology massage therapists and those who are new to working with this population.
Notes: Practitioners who complete this course qualify to register as Preferred Practitioners with the Society for Oncology Massage.

Upcoming classes:

  • June 2018 at The Teal Center, Arlington VA

 

Safe Seated Massage for Clients Affected by Breast Cancer (5 CEUs)
Course Length: 5 hours
Description:  This short course is designed to teach therapists with little or no Oncology Massage training the essential elements required to provide a safe seated massage for people affected by breast cancer. This class is ideal for massage therapists who provide chair massage at events like breast cancer awareness walks and fundraisers.

 

Hospital-Based Massage

Massage Therapists in Massge Therapy

Hospital Massage Therapy Stewardship Program (63 CEUs)
Course Length: 9 days
Description: Healwell offers practicing massage therapists an intensive continuing education course in hospital-based practice, including 6 days of hands-on clinical practice working with patients on three units at Virginia Hospital Center.  Healwell trains 20 therapists each year through its Hospital Massage Therapy Stewardship Program.  This training gives therapists the ability to apply critical thinking skills regarding a variety of circumstances and conditions and to know the safest way to work with any patient, regardless of diagnosis in addition to understanding the many facets of professional and practical excellence expected of a massage therapist working in a clinical environment. The first module, “Orientation to the Hospital Setting” is three days. The second module, “Clinical Observation and Practice” is 6 days. Therapists must attend both modules within the same cohort to complete the course.
Prerequisite: Must be a practicing, licensed/certified massage therapist with at least one year of experience and Oncology Massage 101 or other foundational course taught by a Society for Oncology Massage Recognized Education Provider.

  • Spring 2017: March 26-28 & April 24-29

 

Pediatric Massage in the Clinical Setting (28 CEUs)
Course Length: 4 days
Description: This course provides a unique opportunity to work directly with pediatric patients in the hospital setting. The first half of the course addresses pediatric-specific pathologies, and the essential considerations and communication strategies necessary for working with this population. Lauren and Lucille will then guide participants as they provide hands-on care to a variety of pediatric patients in the hospital.
Prerequisite: Must be a practicing, licensed/certified massage therapist with at least one year of experience. Preference is given to applicants with foundational oncology massage training, but this is not required.

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Bringing Massage Therapy into the Hospital: The Essentials (8 CEUs)
Course Length: 1 day
Description: Do you want to work in a hospital or other clinical setting doing massage therapy but you don’t know where to start? Are you tired of being asked to volunteer to offer skills that you’ve spent a lot of time and money cultivating? There is no silver bullet to solve the problem of creating viable opportunities for massage therapists in the hospital setting, but this course will provide you with the tools you need to measurably shorten the curve in getting to “yes” with key decision-makers in these clinical settings. You will learn how to assess a hospital’s culture and structure to make the most compelling pitch possible. We’ll discuss and practice skills that will support you in creating concise, relevant materials that will educate, convince and inspire action. We’ll also compare and contrast the skills and knowledge necessary for clinical practice and private practice in ways that will support you in making a clear case for the need for hospitals and clinics to engage with properly trained massage therapists.
Prerequisite: None


Scar Tissue Massage

Massage Therapy courses scar

Healwell Presents: Scar Tissue Management: Principles, Practice, and Protocol with Nancy Keeney Smith & Cathy Ryan (18 CEUs)
Course Length: 2 days
Description: This highly practical course is aimed at assisting health care professionals with the development of their clinical expertise – enabling them to work safely and effectively with patients with problematic scars of varying etiology and through the various stages of accidental or surgical trauma recovery. The material covers the science of wound healing and scar formation (normal and abnormal), pathophysiological scar etiology and considerations for bodywork during the various stages of healing and mature scar formation. Trauma sensitive considerations and communication strategies and are also covered. The course includes instructor demos and participant exchange (assessment and treatment) – including methods/tools for evaluating and tracking treatment outcomes.

Prerequisite: Must be a practicing massage therapist

Upcoming classes:

 

Healwell Presents: Scar Tissue Mobilization for the Post-Mastectomy/Post-Radiation Client with Jamie Elswick (24CEUs)
Course Length: 3 days
Description: Many breast cancer survivors experience pain, lymphedema, and shoulder dysfunction.  This course focuses on the basic understanding of the effects of surgery and radiation on the tissues and how scar tissue mobilization can restore healthy functioning to the fascial/musculo-skeletal system. Techniques will include work from The Lauren Berry Method of Corrective Massage™ used to address both the treated and compensatory areas of soft tissue. Understanding the function of the lymphatic system is essential so there will be a focus on the lymphatic anatomy and basic lymphatic stimulation techniques to the scar region.  All techniques are of a gentle nature to be respectful of the potential traumas held within the treated tissues, a compromised lymphatic system, post-surgical complications and the residual effects of radiation therapy.  This course will include lecture, hands-on, and supervised sessions with clients.
Prerequisite: Must be a practicing massage therapist with at least 24 hours of Oncology Massage training.

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End of Life

Healwell Presents: Opening to the Mystery: Presence In Caregiving at the End of Life with Lauren Cates (21 CEUs)
Course Length: 3 days
Description: Opening to the Mystery is designed to invite you to deeply consider and even to befriend your own mortality.  Lauren will combine a variety of experiential, interpersonal and individual exercises that support deep inquiry and consideration of emotions and ideas about living and dying. This course provides guideposts that will lead you to embrace an honest relationship with life that will allow you to be more fully present not only with people who are dying, but also with all of the people in your life.  This course will be beneficial for any person who wants to have more access to his/her own wisdom and to cultivate deeper, more authentic relationships professionally and personally.  Certainly, if you spend time at the bedside of people who are dying you’ll find you have more comfort there, but this course is not just for people who feel drawn to or already work in hospice care. Past students have said that their experience in this course enlivened their practice, shifted stuck relationships and helped them to see and to love their family members/spouses in a different, more open way.
Prerequisite: All are welcome! This class is open to all humans who will someday die.

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Ethics & Business

Ethically Fun: You Already Love Ethics, You Just Don’t Know It! (3 CEUs) courses massage ethics
Course Length: 3 hours
Description: You will find yourself riveted as seasoned massage professionals and highly ethical humans remind you that you’re thinking about ethics already…all day, every day…and that it’s actually pretty fun.  This course is designed to get you thinking ethically and to help you feel confident about the difference between ethics and preference and codes of conduct and also about the places where things like prejudice and personal bias and money and love show up and make ethics a head-scratching, heartfelt good time.
Prerequisite: None

 

Ethics of Hospital-Based Massage (3CEUs)
Course Length: 3 hours
Description: This course is a focused exploration of how ethics plays out in the hospital and clinical setting.  What happens when we throw in things like HIPAA and mainstream medicine and all of our baggage about doctors and “healthcare” and “the system”? Awesomeness, that’s what!  Bring your curious brain, your open heart and your need for CE units that don’t make you wish you could get your money back and let’s see what we can teach each other about ethics.
Prerequisite: None

 

Bringing Massage Therapy into the Hospital: The Essentials (8 CEUs)
Course Length: 1 day
Description: Do you want to work in a hospital or other clinical setting doing massage therapy but you don’t know where to start? Are you tired of being asked to volunteer to offer skills that you’ve spent a lot of time and money cultivating? There is no silver bullet to solve the problem of creating viable opportunities for massage therapists in the hospital setting, but this course will provide you with the tools you need to measurably shorten the curve in getting to “yes” with key decision-makers in these clinical settings. You will learn how to assess a hospital’s culture and structure to make the most compelling pitch possible. We’ll discuss and practice skills that will support you in creating concise, relevant materials that will educate, convince and inspire action. We’ll also compare and contrast the skills and knowledge necessary for clinical practice and private practice in ways that will support you in making a clear case for the need for hospitals and clinics to engage with properly trained massage therapists.
Prerequisite: None

 

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. Presenters who partner with Healwell through the Healwell Presents program graciously agree to share a percentage of the proceeds from tuition collected from their Healwell Presents course or lecture to support our programs and help us to expand our reach to touch, teach and research in an ever-increasing variety of locations.

 

Healwell Presents: Opening to the Mystery: Presence In Caregiving at the End of Life with Lauren Cates (21 CEUs)
Course Length: 3 days
Description: Opening to the Mystery is designed to invite you to deeply consider and even to befriend your own mortality.  Lauren will combine a variety of experiential, interpersonal and individual exercises that support deep inquiry and consideration of emotions and ideas about living and dying. This course provides guideposts that will lead you to embrace an honest relationship with life that will allow you to be more fully present not only with people who are dying, but also with all of the people in your life.  This course will be beneficial for any person who wants to have more access to his/her own wisdom and to cultivate deeper, more authentic relationships professionally and personally.  Certainly, if you spend time at the bedside of people who are dying you’ll find you have more comfort there, but this course is not just for people who feel drawn to or already work in hospice care. Past students have said that their experience in this course enlivened their practice, shifted stuck relationships and helped them to see and to love their family members/spouses in a different, more open way.
Prerequisite: All are welcome! This class is open to all humans who will someday die.

Upcoming classes:

 

Healwell Presents: Scar Tissue Management: Principles, Practice, and Protocol with Nancy Keeney Smith & Cathy Ryan (18 CEUs)
Course Length: 2 days
Description: This highly practical course is aimed at assisting health care professionals with the development of their clinical expertise – enabling them to work safely and effectively with patients with problematic scars of varying etiology and through the various stages of accidental or surgical trauma recovery. The material covers the science of wound healing and scar formation (normal and abnormal), pathophysiological scar etiology and considerations for bodywork during the various stages of healing and mature scar formation. Trauma sensitive considerations and communication strategies and are also covered. The course includes instructor demos and participant exchange (assessment and treatment) – including methods/tools for evaluating and tracking treatment outcomes.

Prerequisite: Must be a practicing massage therapist

Upcoming classes:

 

Instructor, Jamie Elswick

Healwell Presents: Scar Tissue Mobilization for the Post-Mastectomy/Post-Radiation Client with Jamie Elswick (24CEUs)
Course Length: 3 days
Description: Many breast cancer survivors experience pain, lymphedema, and shoulder dysfunction.  This course focuses on the basic understanding of the effects of surgery and radiation on the tissues and how scar tissue mobilization can restore healthy functioning to the fascial/musculo-skeletal system. Techniques will include work from The Lauren Berry Method of Corrective Massage™ used to address both the treated and compensatory areas of soft tissue. Understanding the function of the lymphatic system is essential so there will be a focus on the lymphatic anatomy and basic lymphatic stimulation techniques to the scar region.  All techniques are of a gentle nature to be respectful of the potential traumas held within the treated tissues, a compromised lymphatic system, post-surgical complications and the residual effects of radiation therapy.  This course will include lecture, hands-on, and supervised sessions with clients.
Prerequisite: Must be a practicing massage therapist with at least 24 hours of Oncology Massage training.

Upcoming classes:

 

Healwell Presents: Beyond Boundaries with Lauren Cates (8 CEUs)
Course Length: 8 hours

Description: Lauren Cates will lead you through an exploration of common assumptions and typical strategies to uncover vulnerabilities to burnout, fatigue and other blocks to resiliency and sustainability. She will employ a combination of group exercises, small group work, lecture and creative play to bring participants to a place where deeper, more sustainable perspectives and skills can emerge. These skills will allow you to be more present with all humans…including yourself. Once you’ve completed the course you will have the tools to take no less than two actionable steps toward inviting more joy, greater balance and a broader, more supportive perspective into your work, your relationships, and your life.