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Fundamentals of Oncology Massage

One in three adults will receive a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime.* For massage therapists working with people who have cancer, specialized education and experience is essential.


This course will prepare you to safely and effectively offer massage to clients undergoing cancer treatment or with a history of cancer. You’ll learn about types of cancer treatment, massage contraindications, pediatric oncology massage, and the many ways bodywork can ease physical and psychological pain. Participants will be able to practice gentle massage techniques at a hands-on clinic with clients affected by cancer.


Massage helps alleviate the inevitable stress that comes with a cancer diagnosis or treatment and promotes a sense of wellbeing. This unique connection can be a transformative experience for both massage therapist and client.

Training Benefit

Upon completion of this training program you will receive a certificate of completion from The Heart Touch Project. The Heart Touch Project is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider (450864-08), by the California Board of Registered Nursing as a Continuing Education Provider CEP 13426, and by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (V10953). This program may be used for continuing education credits for members of the Association of Professional Chaplains.

  • Learn the role of oncology massage in pain and palliative care

  • Understand cancer and cancer assessment

  • Learn the modifications to The Heart Touch Method specific to oncology patients

  • Understand how to work safely and effectively with patients both undergoing cancer treatment and in the post-treatment phase

  • Learn the contraindications of touch therapy and lymphedema risks

  • Learn the modifications to positioning for safety and comfort

  • Understand the treatment modalities and medications used for cancer patients

  • Learn hands on demonstrations

  • Learn clinical practicums

  • Participate one on one mentoring in a clinical setting

Training Course Content
Training Requirements

Participants must have completed some massage therapy training prior to taking this course.

Training Schedule

The Heart Touch Fundamental of Oncology Massage training program (check out our full calendar) at The Heart Touch Project Training Room and is based on the schedule below.



Training Dates:​​​​​

  • TBA

Training Times:

      Day 1: 8:30am - 6:00pm

      Day 2: 9:00am - 6:00pm

      Day 3: 9:00am - 6:00pm


Training Location:

      The Heart Touch Project Training Room

      3400 Airport Avenue, Suite 42

      Santa Monica, CA  90405

Training Cost

The Heart Touch Fundamentals of Oncology Massage training program costs $480 due with an application. Early Bird Registration is $390, register before January 22, 2022

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If you have questions, please call us at 310-391-2558 or email us at

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