Massage Therapy For People Living With Cancer

3 days – with Gayle MacDonald & Angela Secretan


This course provides the information and experience to prepare therapists to work safely and confidently with clients who have a history of cancer i.e. post-treatment of cancer. The focus will be on working with an open heart and developing the art of being present.

Comfort-orientated massage or touch can be offered to people living with cancer. The aim is to introduce therapists to the basics of oncology massage and the experience gained from this course will create new found confidence in therapists wishing to, or already working in, this challenging, rewarding and very special work. This training is equally valid and will be equally beneficial whether you work from home or in a clinic, community or NHS setting.

This 3 day course is the foundation to the Iris Cancer Partnership's curriculum. For more details of further training go to

Gayle MacDonald MS LMT, has worked with cancer patients at Oregon University Hospital for over 20 years, supervising massage therapists working on oncology wards, and in chemotherapy, radiotherapy and bone marrow transplant units.

'Massage for People Living with Cancer' is designed for accredited diploma level 3 Massage graduates. Therapists from other bodywork modalities, nurses and other interested health professional are also invited to apply but may be required to complete an access module in massage therapy and/or anatomy & physiology (depending on their background) prior to starting the course. Please ask for details. 

Dates: 26th-28th May 2018, 9:00am-6:00pm

Location: Edinburgh Academy Senior School


Dates: 1st-3rd June 2018, 9:00am-6:00pm

Location: CLAN House, Aberdeen


Dates: 8th-10th June 2018, 9:00am-6:00pm

Location: TBC, Shetland


Cost: 400.00

(split 200 registration fee, 200 one month before the course)