Oncology Massage

Be safe, be effective & meet the needs of your client at any stage of their health

Be safe! Be effective! Make a difference!

It is important to have both the knowledge and hands on skills as an Oncology Massage Therapist, both will enable you to provide the right level of soft tissue therapy a cancer client needs.  

The online portion of this course is very comprehensive and will give you an excellent knowledge base, it is a good place to start if you cannot do the practical days at this time. 

Eventually you will need the hands on skills to ensure you are a well rounded therapist that can deliver the skills needed to specialise as a Certified Oncology Massage Therapist. 

It course focuses on developing your understanding of common conditions of cancer and how this will influence your massage sessions. It will include how to modify your massage techniques along with learning some new ones specific to a variety of cancer conditions. Included in this field of work is home care advice that will have a positive impact and support your manual therapy. It is the sort of home care that clients will love to do!

It is an exciting time to be a part of the ever increasing acceptance and growing demand for qualified oncology massage therapists.  

I look forward to working with you.

Here's how it works...

The Online Course

Teaches you all the technical information in video format with supporting documents about the biology of cancer, the effects of the disease and treatments, modifications and benefits of soft tissue massage, some preliminary home care advice and rehabilitation suggestions plus bonus videos and lectures.

Others benefits include quizzes to support your learning, a comprehensive resource section and additional documents (i.e. samples of intake forms).

You will have unlimited access, so you can choose to view all the material at your convenience and as many times as you wish.

Covid special: if you are unsure whether you want to do the practical days I am offering a chance for you to purchase the workshop at a later date , you will find the offer in the membership area of the online course.  

Day 1 Practical Oncology Massage

The day will cover real life case studies on a variety of conditions, i.e. breast, bowel, leukaemia, colon and prostate cancer and more. We will look at the emotional impact this disease can have on your client and how this can influence your treatment.

The practical portion of the day will provide you with a comprehensive understanding about how to modify your existing techniques, which ones to keep and which ones aren't suitable. It will clear up the misconception that oncology massage is light,   

my approach is about 'melting' and reacting to tissue health and the clients stage of health.  

You will quickly realise that these principles and techniques can be used in your everyday practice and will be favourites with your clients.

Day 2 Practical Oncology Massage

Advanced hands-on skills with a focus on rehabilitation. You will learn how to work through clothing as well as how to modify your techniques when they are in a chair.

We'll talk about the "six best Drs" of home care, the best forms of stretching, movement, and complementary therapies.

We will further analyse case studies covering conditions such as testicular, kidney, lung, esophageal and brain cancers.

We will establish realistic goals based on a clients stage of health during all stages of cancer. 

We will be working with a variety of tools, that include balls, 'the purple gloves' and  nets to further help you with understanding the concept of global soft tissue work.  

Day 3 Practical Oncology Massage

This day will bring it all together and further develop your hands on skills! 

Using everything you've learnt, you will devise a treatment which includes home care suggestions, & rehabilitation principles.  Ideally you will deliver a massage treatment in a real clinical setting if the current climate allows external clients. 

At the end of the day you will have the opportunity to discuss the client sessions in full, reviewing what worked well and what you might have done differently.  

If we  are unable to run a live clinic, further case studies and advanced techniques will be covered.

The aim of this course is about developing your confidence to go out there and work competently as a COMT.

In order to receive full certification you must complete the online course, all three practical days, coursework and online quizzes.

The course is approved and accredited by CThA and CHP

I can't tell you what a difference your marvellous course has made to my practice. Everyone loves the approach and treatment - and it's really effective too. So much so that I now use it on all my regular clients. You're brilliant.

Adrian - Faithful client

Thank you so much for all your hard work and support through the course it really is such an amazing course and so well structured and covers so much information I have learnt a huge amount. I was really so pleased with my result and feel extremely proud to be a Certified Oncology Massage Therapist and that guidance to get me there has been you and for that I truly am thankful, the course brings a whole new wealth of knowledge, and you made it light hearted along the way on what can be a very emotional topic.

Leslie - Faithful client

Thoroughly enjoyed the course, it's really helped with my work at Macmillan and in my private practice. Everyone who calls themselves a massage therapist should have to do at least one course with you and especially those who work with cancer patients.

Gretchen - Faithful client

Thank you for the certificate and so much for a great and really informative course which is already proving useful.

Jane - Faithful client

Such a BRILLIANT course. Great feedback from clients too - new ones like it and regulars have spotted the difference and approve. Thanks so much Susan.

Chris - Faithful Client

Practical workshop dates & locations

Oncology massage courses to teach you how to modify your manual therapy based on real life case studies for common cancer conditions; a cancer massage course that includes clinical sessions working with oncology clients as well as developing your manual techniques to include advanced cancer massage; and a course focusing on home care and rehabilitation principles specific to cancer clients with useful take home ideas.


Days 1, 2 & 3

28th, 29th & 30th January 2021
Registration now open

Days 1, 2 & 3

18th, 19th & 20th February 2021
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Days 1, 2 & 3

5th, 6th & 7th March 2021
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Days 1, 2 & 3

12th, 13th & 14th March 2021
Registration now open

Days 1, 2 & 3

23rd, 24th & 25th April 2021
Registration now open

Days 1, 2 & 3

3rd, 4th & 5th September 2021

Inverness (details to come)

Accreditations & Approved by:

If you are thinking of starting a career as an oncology massage therapist,
our accredited cancer massage courses can help you to get qualified and ready to work quickly.

Complementary Therapists Association


Complementary Therapists Association

Complementary Health Professionals


Complementary Health Professionals

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