Oncology Massage 1

Last saved: 24/Jun/2021

Entry Requirements

At the moment, anyone is welcome to attend an OM1 Course. This includes:

  • Anyone interested in safe massage for people in frail health, especially those with a history or diagnosis of cancer
  • Anyone wishing to become a qualified Oncology Massage Practitioner
  • Family members, friends, and carers of people in fragile health, especially those with a history or diagnosis of cancer.

Please note that, even if you successfully complete OM1, it does not automatically mean that you will be able to progress to OM2. 

Course Length

  • 3 days

Course Numbers

  • Generally between 6 and 12

Pre-Course Reading

These publications are recommended OM1 Pre-Course Reading:

  • Medicine Hands by Gayle MacDonald
  • Quest for Life by Petrea King
  • The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton

These books are required reading for OM2 so, if you are planning to progress to OM2, it is a good idea to get hold of them as soon as possible. You can find information on where to order them from on the Finding Pre-Course Reading page.

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Course Content

OM1 consists of 3 full days of study - 9am to 5pm. It has 6 units - a unit is a morning or afternoon session of approximately 4 hours with appropriate breaks:

  • Unit 1 - Introduction; an overview of cancer; understanding how cancer develops and spreads around the body (science)
  • Unit 2 - Pressure, site, position adjustments for clients undergoing chemotherapy. Pressure adjustment practical – breaking the habits of massage therapy
  • Unit 3 - Understanding fascia; relaxation reflex; pressure, site, position for clients undergoing radiation or surgery
  • Unit 4 - Bone Marrow Support Sequence practical; pressure, site, position for clients with appliances, scar tissue, and/or bone metastases.
  • Unit 5 & 6 - Practising on each other, a full day of safe massage for clients with lymph nodes removed, theory and practical. Taking oncology massage into your clinic and your community.

Pricing & Payments

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Progression to OM2

While OM1 does not have a formal examination, your suitability for this type of work will be assessed. Please note that:

  • Only qualified tactile therapists can progress to OM2 (Massage Therapists, Bowen Therapists, Myotherapists)
  • Progression to OM2 is NOT automatic.


To register for an OM1 Course, please go to the List of Courses By Region or the Course Booking Calendar, choose your course, and follow the registration process.



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