These techniques, inspired by the work of Jamie Elswick, Nancy Keeney Smith and Cathy Ryan (authors of Traumatic Scar Tissue Management), can be incorporated into any massage session to aid in scar tissue remodeling and improved range of motion as well as local flow of blood and lymph. This course is open to and appropriate for therapists both with and without Manual Lymphatic Drainage training.
Class Times: 8:30 to 4:30
Class Tuition: $525 standard enrollment, $475 early enrollment if paid in full by August 22
Location: Newport Beach, CA
Prerequisites: This course is offered to licensed/registered massage therapists who have completed an S4OM approved oncology foundation 24CE workshop; and for licensed PT, PTA, OT, RN, and MD; or by special permission of instructor.
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About the Instructor
Jamie Elswick, LMT, has been working as a massage therapist since 1992. She holds certification as an instructor and practitioner from the Institute of Integral Health in Berkeley CA -The Lauren Berry Method of Corrective Massage. Jamie completed a 400 hour certification course in oncology massage with Gayle MacDonald LMT MS and Dr. Sandy Canzone DOM, both of whom are pioneers in the field of oncology massage. She works as both as a private practitioner at Providence Alaska Cancer Center and instructor through Oncology Massage Education Associates.
Jamie works with clients in all stages of cancer treatment and post treatment. She holds a BS in Natural Sciences and teaches clinincal and gross anatomy at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. She is currently a graduate student working on fascial research through UAA.
She is the past president of AMTA Alaska Chapter, a member of The American Association of Clinical Anatomists, American Association of Anatomists, Human Anatomy and Physiology Society and the Society for Oncology Massage.
June 9 - 11, 2017
Newport Beach, CA
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During this course students will learn to
• Demonstrate understanding of the difference between mature and immature scars, and identify the differences between scars resulting from radiation therapy vs. scars resulting from surgery
• Modify massage techniques in response to the ways the lymphatic and nervous systems may be affected by scar tissue, and demonstrate greater awareness of the potential emotional impact of scars and scar work
• Demonstrate gentle scar work into a full-body, client-centered oncology massage session, and proficiency in communication with clients about lymphedema risk and necessary massage adjustments
• Apply safe and effective scar tissue mobilization for clients who have lymphedema or who may be at risk for lymphedema
• Perform safe and effective massage around scar tissue, and an effective and thorough oncology/scar-focused intake
Surgery and radiation are standard aspects of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. As a result, it's not rare for massage clients who have been treated for breast cancer to be living with at least one, if not many, scars.
This course will prepare you to employ safe, simple, non-invasive techniques in a gentle, highly effective way.
Learn and apply
• Basic lymphatic drainage techniques to the torso
• Scar tissue mobilization to treated areas
• Corrective massage techniques to treated and compensatory soft tissue areas
All techniques are of a gentle nature to be respectful of the potential traumas held within the treated tissues, the compromised nature of the lymphatic system and the residual effects of radiation therapy as well as surgery.
All are welcome!
This class is open to all humans who will someday day.
Presented by Healwell
Newport Beach, CA
Approved by NCBTMB for 21 CEUs
About the Instructors
Lauren “Cal” Cates*
Cal has been teaching and developing curriculum for massage therapy courses focused on hospital-based practice, oncology massage and end of life care since 2007.
Their* experience in clinical practice in hospitals around the US has informed their teaching style greatly. Cal is clear that massage therapy is healthcare and feels a personal commitment to inviting students to consider themselves as integral to a whole person healing process. Their favorite thing about teaching healthcare providers is the ability to blend nerdiness and authenticity to create opportunities to be more effective, more human and more flexible.
*Cal identifies as gender non-conforming and uses the pronouns they, their, and them when being referred to in the third person.
Kerry is a teacher for Healwell and is an essential part of the curriculum development team. She brings 20 years of experience as an instructor and has an extensive background in teaching pathology and physiology and adapting massage therapy for special populations. In addition to her duties as Operations Director, Kerry provides massage therapy and teaches in hospitals and clinical settings throughout the Washington, DC metro area and around the world for adult and pediatric palliative care patients and other patients with complex needs and high symptom burden. Kerry has been teaching yoga since 1999 and weaves the principles of yoga and meditation into her teaching and service work with yogis, massage therapists and healthcare providers.
Moved to 2021