CE Units

Don't Underestimate Cancer

More than 18 million Americans are living with cancer or a cancer history. That means chances are (wether you know it or not) you're already working with people affected by cancer. Are you prepared to work safely and effectively with these clients?

18 million

Americans have a history of invasive cancer

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Course Location and Dates

Friday, June 7, 2024   8am - 5:30pm
Saturday, June 8, 2024   8am - 5:30pm
Sunday, June 9, 2024.   8am - 5:30pm


Cancer Support Community

5150 West 71st Street

Indianapolis, IN 46268

Course Description

This in person class covers how cancer starts and spreads, cancer treatments and side effects, and hands-on adaptations for people who have experienced cancer treatment. 

In this class, we will:

  • cover standard allopathic cancer treatments, side effects, and massage considerations
  • practice adapting hands-on techniques using the Walton Pressure Scale
  • practice adapting hands-on techniques for lymphedema risk
  • discuss and practice more hands-on adaptations for the effects of cancer treatment
  • review and practice intake skills 
  • participate in a live client clinic where you will provide a complete intake and full session for a person who is in or has a history of cancer treatment

PLEASE NOTE: Because we will be working with people affected by cancer we ask all participants to have a current flu shot and COVID vaccination. If you are not vaccinated, you may still participate, but you will be required to wear a mask.

Approved for Continuing Education

*Please note: In order to be eligible for CE credit, you must register with your full name (as it appears on your professional license) and your license state and number.

This course is approved by NCBTMB for 24 CEs. 

Helping over 1000+ students from all skill levels

Our students have grown their skills by taking our courses. Here are just a few of their stories.

Thank you for an amazing class experience!

The class had an immediate impact on my practice. I feel much more confident in my application of the Walton Pressure Scale, specifically working at a level 2. The “say less” approach to intake, and inviting clients to “say more,” has resulted in more connection as well as more expansive intake interviews, helping to foster the therapeutic relationship while yielding the information I need to work safely and effectively. I also feel more confident in my clinical reasoning and my ability to tease out what modifications need to be made and why. I really appreciate the invitation to begin by showing up authentically and being present with what is.

2022 OM Workshop Student

Life Changing Experience

The class was wonderful. The experience was life changing for me personally. It was every thing I needed in my life right now. I have never felt so supported in any learning situation. I have never found myself surrounded by a more loving group of human beings in my life before or felt so safe to voice my fears and insecurities. Thank you so much for creating that safe space to learn and grow. I left Sunday with a confidence in my abilities and a clarity of my intentions that I definitely did not have when I walked in.

Hana E.

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Instructor & Education Director Rebecca Sturgeon

In addition to being a valuable member of Healwell’s faculty and curriculum development team, Rebecca is also Healwell’s Education Director. She works tirelessly to organize existing courses and to create new opportunities for Healwell to offer meaningful and robust inter-professional education for massage therapists and other health care providers. Rebecca co-authored "Oncology Massage: An integrative approach to cancer care" (Handspring, 2021.) As a former teacher of writing at the college level, Rebecca is passionate about the written word and about all forms of human communication. In her massage practice, she focuses on integrating therapeutic massage as part of overall health and wellness care. She is also an experienced mentor to new massage therapists, and facilitator of learning groups.

Instructor & Service Director Laura Bryant-Earner

Laura is Healwell's Service Director and a member of the curriculum development team. Before becoming a licensed massage therapist, Laura taught English in Japan for 19 years. Upon returning to America, she graduated from massage school in the spring of 2018. It was in school that she heard of something called “oncology massage” and felt drawn to it. Passionate about learning, Laura has continued her advanced training in the fields of oncology massage, scar tissue manipulation and manual lymph drainage. She has provided massage in a variety of settings including corporate, private practice and spas. Because of her own massage experiences, Laura appreciates how massage can play a supportive role in health care and the journey that is being human.