Hospice Massage

Hospice Massage



In-Person Class – 6 CEUs for Massage Therapists

This workshop will teach professionals how to perform hospice and palliative massage techniques for those suffering from end-of-life illnesses. Touch placement and techniques are specific to what hospice patients can tolerate. It is key that patients at this stage of life feel a brief reprieve from suffering through touch and massage. In addition to pain relief, this soft-touch technique can bring peace, joy and serenity at a time of life that often brings with it isolation, fear and anxiety.  Throughout the course, professionals will also be taught ways to demonstrate and instruct the patient’s family/caregivers on how to perform various techniques that will bring the patient comfort, nurturing and closeness through touch.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:

  • Explain the difference between massage for a hospice patient and massage for a generally healthy patient
  • Describe the importance of touch at end of life
  • Define non-circulatory versus circulatory massage
  • Prepare comfortable environments for hospice/palliative massage
  • Describe best positioning and best parts of the body for hospice massage
  • Perform non-circulatory and compression massage techniques
  • Demonstrate for caregivers how to perform some techniques.

Students should dress comfortably and bring a towel and a notebook.

Instructor: James Cochrane, an NCBTMB certified LMT, currently works as a therapist in hospice and oncology massage providing palliative massage to terminally ill patients. He has trained with Tracy Walton (Oncology Massage Therapy Advanced Mentorship Program) and John Barnes (Myofascial Release Therapy) among others, and is certified in Manual Lymphatic Drainage. He is also a Preferred Practitioner with the Society for Oncology Massage.

Continuing Ed Approval:  This course is approved by the National Certification Board for Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), Approved Provider #307800-00, for all states but New York.

The Institute for Continuing Education complies with all CDC/State regulations as they apply to vocational schools.


Wednesday, December 14, 2022 9:00am-3:30pm