I was in Dublin last weekend for this course, run by Gayle MacDonald of www.medicinehands.com
It was Gayle’s first time teaching in Ireland, and it was a wonderful and insightful course. The thing is, when you’re training in massage, you’re most often taught that you should never massage anyone with cancer. The thinking was that massage could move lymphatic fluid around the body and that this could “spread” the cancer. This has proven to be completely false. The process of cancer spreading, metastasis, is caused by a genetic mutation, and nothing else. Lymph is pushed around the body by every day movements, so if the theory was true, doctors would insist that all patients stay in their beds for months. In fact, they encourage quite the opposite.
However, massaging during cancer is something that needs to be treated with great respect, and therapists do need appropriate training to first do no harm.
Which is why I was on the course!
I’ll post back soon about how I’ll be incorporating this into my practice, but in the meantime, if you have any questions at all then do let me know at email@example.com
Posted on April 9th, 2011 by Nicola
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