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Family Caregiver Use of Massage to Support Cancer Patients

April 6 Evanston, Il. – Click on   at 8:00p.m.EST on  Tuesday, April 6 and hear Tracy Walton LMT, MS, live, discussing the curriculum design for caregiver massage.

April 6, 2010  By Massage Therapy Canada

is a researcher and educator in massage and cancer
care.  She has worked in private practice, hospital and spa settings since


She is the author of a textbook, Medical Conditions
and Massage Therapy:  a Decision Tree Approach (Lippincott Williams &
Wilkins, 2010).   Her column on cancer and massage appears regularly
in Massage Today and, as a researcher, Tracy
has concentrated her work on massage therapy and cancer, including NIH
(National Cancer Institute) funded clinical trials involving massage by
caregivers.  Research partners include the Osher Institute at Harvard Medical
School, Beth-Israel Deaconess
Medical Center,
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, and Collinge and Associates. 



She maintains a bibliography of massage and cancer
research on her website. Tracy
helped develop the award-winning film, “Touch, Caring, and Cancer,” massage
instruction for caregivers and partners.  She is on the review board of
the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, and is a
frequent contributor to massage therapy publications. 


Best known for her leadership and instruction in
oncology massage therapy, Tracy
teaches “Caring for Clients with Cancer,” an intensive course, and several
advanced courses.  She also taught physiology and pathology at the
Muscular Therapy Institute (now Cortiva Institute) in Cambridge, MA
for 13 years.  There, she chaired the science department and served as
Academic Dean.  As an educator, she integrates the art, heart, and science
of massage therapy.  In her classroom, Tracy warmly welcomes and reaches massage
therapists from all levels of training.  In 2003, the AMTA named her the
Teacher of the Year.


Tracy holds
a master’s degree in biological sciences, with a concentration in biochemistry
and cellular physiology.  She received her diploma in therapeutic massage
from the Muscular Therapy Institute.


The live webcast is one of a series of live broadcasts hosted by
Massage Therapy Radio and is aimed at educating massage therapists. 


As well, this special broadcast is one in a series of
featured speakers who will present at the "Highlighting Massage Therapy in
Complementary and Integrative Medicine (CIM) Research"

conference May 13-15, 2010 in Seattle,



Source:  Massage Therapy Foundation

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