Course Location and Dates


Schar Cancer Institute

8081 Innovation Park Dr.

Fairfax, VA 22031 

2nd Floor, LWC Living Room

Dates and Times:

Friday, September 22, 3pm-7pm

Saturday, September 23, 8:30am - 6:30pm

Sunday, September 24, 8:30am - 5pm

Course Description

This in person class is the continuation of our Oncology Massage bundle. In this class, you will:

  • review the material from the Oncology Massage bundle
  • 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

Completion of the online Oncology Massage Bundle is a prerequisite for attending this class.

PLEASE NOTE: Because we will be working with people affected by cancer you must have a current flu shot and COVID vaccination to participate in this course.

Cancellation Policy

Please read CAREFULLY.

The course tuition includes a non-refundable $50 cancellation fee. If you cancel or withdraw from a course 30 days prior to the course start date you will be refunded your full tuition less $50.  If you cancel or withdraw from a course fewer than 30 days (but more than one week) prior to the course start date you will be refunded 50% of your tuition.  If you cancel or withdraw from a course fewer than 7 days prior to the course start date your tuition will be non-refundable.

In the event of proper documentation of medical emergency, death in the immediate family, or weather prohibiting travel your entire tuition may be allowed to be rolled over to a workshop at a later date.  This special consideration will be allowed one time only at the discretion of the instructor.

If a course is cancelled due to low enrollment your tuition will be refunded in full.

Other students are saying:

Thank you for an amazing class experience!

2022 OM Workshop Student

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.

Life Changing Experience

Hana E., 2022 OM Workshop student

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.

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 21 CEs. 


At Healwell, we are continually working to make inequities visible and to change them. One of the ways we do this is by inviting people who engage with our programs to thoughtfully consider what they can and want to invest in the current and future state of our world and community. When you make the decision to benefit from content created by Healwell, we invite you to consider it as an investment.  

When you choose which level you’d like to pay, let it be an exploration of how you want to participate in the future. What can you afford to pay today? What is it worth to you to ensure that others can have this same experience you’re about to have while continuing to be able to meet their basic financial commitments? Can you offer a little more and invest in our collective future? Or is today a day when your heart wants to do that, but your wallet can’t?

Every day is different and every person is different. Be thoughtful. Think beyond yourself and choose a level that’s congruent with your financial life and your deepest values. We’ll all get there.


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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.