Professional therapeutic massage is a skill set that can teach the language of the senses, and break direct effects of fear and anxiety on the physical level of the body. No other time in life are these skills more valued than in hospice care, at the end of life.
Massage therapists may be drawn to healthcare, and they may again be called to compassionate work through provision of touch that nurtures those who may feel isolated, may be suffering. Hospice massage / comfort massage, is a specialized practice. It requires that therapists with massage certification understand hospice practices, a team approach, boundaries and self care; as well as adaptation of a variety of bodywork therapies to apply appropriately.
Hospice professionals are additionally the natural massage and bodywork therapists for the job. They come with years of education in nursing, social work, pastoral care... and with the additional training of a stress relieving bodywork therapy, the application of that in a hospice program has benefits too numerous to mention here. This blog post will list hospice massage training programs:
Circle of Life: Hospice and Palliative Massage Workshop:
Founded and Instructed by Valerie Hartman RN, CHPN, CTRN
Weekend workshop focusing on hospice theory, sensitivity to those living with advanced illness. Basic hospice massage theory and practice, integrating hospice massage into traditional hospice care.
Massage therapist CEU's / certificate of attendance
July 12, 13, 2008 Concord, NC
Contact Rene Shuford / 704 795 7478
August 9,10, 2008 Langhorne, PA
Contact Beth Scott / 215 750 0700
Compassionate Touch, pioneered by Dawn Nelson, LMT
Directed by Ann Caitlin, OT, LMT
Certification training program I & II
The 'M' Technique, training by Jane Buckle, PhD
CEU video / Training with certification