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Essentials of Pain and Palliative Care Online Training​

Self-paced; Enroll at any time!

Essentials of Pain & Palliative Care Massage 

Online Training

The Essentials of Pain & Palliative Care Massage online training provides a foundation for understanding pain science and the functions of palliative care. This course prepares massage therapists to offer services to individuals with acute or persistent pain and work within a palliative care team. 

As more people seek nonpharmaceutical ways to manage pain, massage therapists see more clients who want to know how they can hurt less. 

Massage therapy and pain science have many commonalities. Both work directly with the nervous system. Both highlight the importance of the mind-body connection. And both can support the rapidly-growing field of palliative care. 

This online course provides a foundation for understanding pain science and palliative care treatment. Through live and recorded lectures grounded in science and research, interactive exercises, assignments, and live discussion, you will understand the role of a massage therapist within a palliative care team and acquire skills to offer services to people with acute or persistent pain. 

You will have 90 days to access this course from the date of purchase. No refunds are given for self-paced courses.

Participants must have paid the tuition fee, reviewed all pre-recorded materials, attended the entire live lecture (4 hours), and completed the exam and evaluation to receive a certificate of completion. Partial credit is not available.

Training Benefits

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.

What You Will Learn
  • Mechanisms of pain

  • The understanding of pain and pain assessment

  • The role of massage in pain and palliative care

  • Understanding the difference between hospice and palliative care

  • Defining the diseases in pain and palliative care

  • Medications used in pain and palliative care

  • Effects on medications on massage therapy

    Working on an integrative pain and palliative team in a hospital and hospice setting

    Case presentations


Training Requirements

Participants must have completed some massage therapy training prior to taking this course. Completion of The Heart Touch Method is also recommended.​ 

Students will need access to an internet connection and device. Possession of a library card is recommended but not required.

Training Information

The Essentials of Pain & Palliative Care Massage Therapy online training programs are held online via pre-recorded modules (Mod A) and live zoom webinars (Mod B).

Mod A: Home Study

  • Materials available upon application approval

  • Pre-recorded videos delivered to participants in 6 segments

  • 2 assignments

Mod B: Live Video Modules​​

  • Attend one online video module with Heart Touch facilitators and guest speakers


Live Module Dates

  • 2023 Dates coming soon


  • Exam (must receive a passing score of 70% or higher)

8.5 CEUs for massage therapists approved by NCBTMB


Training Cost

The Essentials of Pain & Palliative Care Massage Therapy training program cost $160.

Early Bird registration is $140 if you register by (date coming soon).


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