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Posted by Mariette Lobo, Aug 5 2006 2:49PM

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Massage Therapy for People Living with Cancer

Friday 22nd ­ Sunday 24th September 2006 or
Friday 29th September ­ Sunday 1st October 2006
24 hours contact time, £250 per person
Venue: energetics, 14a Broughton St Lane, Edinburgh


Is massage safe for people who are in treatment for cancer? What about after
they have finished treatment?
Perhaps you have a relative or friend who has been diagnosed with the
disease, perhaps you are considering voluntary work or would like to know
how to work with clients with a history of cancer in your practice?

This three day course is designed for accredited massage practitioners with
some or no previous experience of oncology massage (also suitable for
practitioners of Reflexology, Aromatherapy and other forms of bodywork). It
provides the information and experience to prepare you to work safely and
confidently with clients who have a history of cancer or are currently in
treatment for the disease. Our focus will be on working with an open heart
and developing the art of being present. The course will include:

* The basic physiology of cancer and metastasis
* The benefits of massage for those affected by cancer
* Adaptations necessary for people undergoing surgery, radiation or
chemotherapy or who have a history of cancer
* Intake procedures

On the final day of the course participants will be supervised in giving a
relaxation massage to a person currently in treatment or recovering from
Full course notes and further information are provided in the course

With these being her only (and probably last) European training dates, this
is a unique opportunity to work with Gayle Macdonald, an exuberant, highly
knowledgeable and inspiring teacher. Gayle has provided massage to cancer
patients since 1994 and pioneered the massage therapy programme at Oregon
Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon, where the oncology unit
specialises in rare forms of cancer. She is author of Medicine Hands:
Massage Therapy for People with Cancer Findhorn Press 1999 (soon to be
re-issued). With her colleagues, she has developed an accredited oncology
massage training which is recognised throughout the US.

To reserve your place, please send £50 deposit to Oenergetics¹ 14a Broughton
St Lane Edinburgh EH1 3LY Tel 0131 557 9567

³Skilled touch is beneficial at nearly every stage of the cancer experience,
during hospitalisation, the pre- or post-operative period, in the
out-patient clinic, during chemotherapy and radiation, recovery at home,
remission or cure and in the end stages of life.

Not only are physical needs addressed, but emotional, social and spiritual
ones as well. Receiving comforting, attentive bodywork reminds the patient
that the body can still be a source of pleasure. As they relax pain, fatigue
and nausea diminish.

Touch reminds them that they are still lovable and worthwhile. For a moment,
this person, who may be disfigured, lonely, or without hope, feels whole

From preface to Medicine Hands: Massage Therapy for People living with
Cancer by Gayle Macdonald

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