Oncology Massage 1
Last saved: 24/Jun/2021
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.
- 3 days
- Generally between 6 and 12
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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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
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.