Oncology Massage for Beauty Therapists

Facilitated by Oncology Massage Limited, qualified Beauty Therapists will learn how to safely and effectively work within a beauty therapy setting with people in frail health, especially those with a history or diagnosis of cancer.

This course explains how cancer forms and spreads, what living with cancer involves, the side effects of cancer treatments, contraindications relevant to touch therapy treatments and medical devices, and how gentle touch works through the fascia and nervous system.  Students will also leave with three practical massage sequences – lower body, upper body, head and neck – that can be used as an alternative or adjunct to beauty therapy treatments.

The techniques learnt through OMBT are currently used across Australia in leading cancer organisations such as the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre and the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.


Dates to be released soon


2-day course 9am–5pm





Clinical Study

Research has shown Oncology Massage improves the quality of life for people with a history or diagnosis of cancer.  It reduces the side effects experienced from conventional treatment of cancer and the symptoms of the disease process itself:

  • Pain Improved 47%
  • Fatigue Improved 42%
  • Anxiety Improved 59%
  • Nausea Improved 51%
  • Depression Improved 48%
  • Other (including shortness of breath, memory problems, dry mouth or disturbed sleep) improved 48%

Light touch massage, as taught by Oncology Massage Limited (OML) has been shown to be effective at reducing all of these symptoms.

Source: Cassileth and Vickers, 2004


Who should apply?

This course is aimed at qualified Beauty Therapists working in the beauty and spa industry, and is open for enrolments now.



Students must have a Diploma in Beauty Therapy.


Please note that this course is not nationally recognised.