Short Courses: Oncology Massage
The gentlest touch
Open to qualified and studying beauty therapists, this specialist course will prepare you to safely work with people in frail health, especially those with a history, or diagnosis, of cancer. Delivered by Oncology Massage Limited, you’ll learn how cancer forms and spreads, what living with cancer involves, the side effects of various treatments and contraindications relevant to touch therapy treatments and medical devices and the effect of gently touch on the fascia and nervous system. Students will leave with three practical massage sequences – lower body, upper body, head and neck – that can be used to complement beauty therapy treatments.
The techniques you’ll learn are currently being used across Australia in leading cancer organisations,
such as Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
Can I apply?
This course is open to Beauty and Massage Therapy students, and as post-graduate training for Beauty and Massage therapists currently working within the endota spa network.
This course is available at our Docklands Campus
and Rozelle campus.
The cost of the Oncology Massage course is $350.00
The course will run over two days, from 9am-5pm.
Why should I do it?
The practice of Oncology Massage, as taught by Oncology Massage Limited (OML), may improve the quality of life for people with a history or diagnosis of cancer. The practice may reduce symptoms of the disease, as well as the side effects of conventional treatment, to the extent below, according to a 2004 study.
- 47% reduction in pain
- 42% reduction in fatigue
- 59% reduction in anxiety
- 48% reduction in depression
- 51% reduction in nausea
- 48% improvement in other symptoms, including shortness of breath, memory problems, dry mouth or disturbed sleep
Source: Cassileth and Vickers, 2004