Massage and Bodywork: Adapting Therapies for Cancer Care

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Peter A. Mackereth, Ann Carter
Elsevier Health Sciences, Jan 1, 2006 - Medical - 249 pages
Ideal for qualified massage and bodywork therapists wanting to expand their knowledge and skills, this unique resource brings together the most common forms of bodywork with a focus on this important and challenging area of practice. Emphasizing the need for safe practice, this book illustrates how massage can be safely adapted for patients and dispels some misconceptions about working with people who have cancer. Key topics include integrative and collaborative working, the psychological aspects of bodywork, therapists as teachers, professionalism, the control of symptoms, working with vulnerability, potency in practice, and the skilful combination of voice and touch.

Written by experienced therapists working in this area of practiceIntroduces the modalities with clear explanations of their development and application to cancer care settingsLogical organization makes it easy to find key information quicklyEach section includes an overview, an abstract of each chapter, a summary of key issues, and conclusions and recommendations for best practiceFocuses on specialized aspects of massage and bodywork to support safe, competent, and compassionate practice

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Ann Carter has a background in education and health promotion and has worked as a therapist and teacher of hands on therapies since 1989. She joined the team at the Neil Cliffe Cancer Care Centre as an Aromatherapist on a sessional basis in 1994, and have since been involved in many aspects of palliative care. Since 2000 she has worked as the part time Complementary Therapy Co-ordinator at St. Ann's Hospice (66 beds) which includes two hospice sites 20 miles apart, and the Neil Cliffe Cancer Care Centre now part of the Hospice. She teaches post graduate courses for therapists and health care professionals and works as an aromatherapy examiner for the Sandra Day School of Health Studies in Rochdale. She has also been responsible for devising and participating in the new postgraduate qualification, Complementary Therapies in Cancer Care for the same teaching establishment

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