Do you wish for a better understanding of massage therapy and hospice care?
Would you like the techniques, skills and personal practices for adapting touch and massage to specialized settings for clients who are dying?
An Introduction to Massage in Hospice Care with Irene Smith
16.0 CE hrs, NCBTMB approved.*
We are thrilled to sponsor Irene Smith here in Boston! This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
This introductory training program is designed to provide techniques, skills and personal practices for adapting touch and massage to specialized settings for clients who are dying.
These skills and practices will help the practitioner more fully understand hospice care, network as part of a team, gather information for treatment assessment, achieve physical comfort at the bedside and process the emotional impact of the work.
This class will also provide you with a physical approach to clients in pain that will enhance other care modalities. Approaches and skills learned in this program may be incorporated into daily nursing care as well as be structured into most bodywork modalities.
*Note: Currently course is approved by NCBTMB for 15.0 CE hrs. 16.0 CE hrs. pending; we expect this number to be updated shortly.
- Describe the philosophy of hospice care
- Describe the role of massage in hospice care
- Demonstrate 3 massage modifications to work with the physical and/or emotional vulnerability of a hospice client
- Demonstrate healthy body mechanics while providing a massage session at the bedside
- Demonstrate comfortable propping for a client in a bed and a chair
- Demonstrate 3 Everflowing massage techniques
- Identify unresolved feelings of grief and loss
- Identify personal beliefs, experiences and fears relating to death and the dying process
- Demonstrate the ability to be non-judgmental in the process of emotional expression and to work with personal process within a team setting
About Irene Smith:
Irene Smith, a certified massage practitioner since 1974, introduced massage into hospice care on the west coast in 1982 and has pioneered the service world-wide.
In 2001, Irene founded and currently directs Everflowing, an educational outreach program dedicated to teaching mindful touching, as an integral component in end of life care.
As a respected author and educator, Irene’s work has been honored by the somatic and health care communities as an outstanding contribution to community well- being. She was the first National AIDS Memorial Grove’s inductee for AIDS service and in 2014 she was the first Lifetime achievement award recipient from the World Massage Festival.
Irene served as a West Coast assistant for over 10 years to her teacher, the late pioneering thanatologist, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, MD. She currently serves on the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation Advisory Council.
She holds a CAMTC state license and is a member of the National Association of Massage Therapists, the Hospice Volunteer Association and the San Francisco Bay Area End of Life Coalition.
Irene brings remarkable depth, wisdom, and therapeutic presence to her work.
Please see our Training Schedule for details.
Tuition is payable online by credit card or through PayPal. There are a limited number of spots and we expect this course to fill quickly. Early registration is strongly recommended.
Visit our Training Schedule page to register.
This course is for professional massage therapists, bodyworkers and health care providers
We are borrowing a classroom at the Elizabeth Grady School of Esthetics and Massage Therapy in the Boston area (Medford, MA). Parking is plentiful.
What to bring?
Upon registration, you will be emailed a Student Packet with directions, logistics, and massage supplies to bring.
To receive the certificate of completion from Irene, you need to be present for the entire program. We count on you being there for the full length of the course. Please schedule your travel plans accordingly.
Once registered for the course, if you withdraw by 14 days prior to the start of the course, you will receive a refund of tuition paid, minus a $50 administrative fee. After that date, there is no refund of tuition.
Please direct questions to our office at Tracy Walton & Associates, not the Elizabeth Grady School or Irene Smith.
Do you have more questions about this course? Curious about whether it’s a good fit for you? Send us your questions and thoughts.
Note: This course is not approved in New York State, Florida, or Georgia. It has not been submitted for CE approvals in any other states or provinces.