An Introduction to Massage in Hospice Care; 16 NCBTMB CE Hours

For: Massage Therapists, massage students, health care professionals with massage experience, death doulas, somatic practitioners


Course Objectives

• Describe the history and philosophy of hospice care and the role of the massage therapist

• Define Standard Precautions for hands on care and demonstrate thorough Hand Washing

• Demonstrate 3 massage modifications to work with the physical and/ or emotional vulnerability of a hospice client

• Define and demonstrate Therapeutic Presence

• Demonstrate healthy body mechanics and self- care while providing a massage session at the bedside

• Demonstrate comfortable propping for a client in bed or in a chair

• Demonstrate 3 Everflowing massage techniques for a hospice client in bed

• Identify personal beliefs, experiences and fears relating to death and the dying process and demonstrate the ability to translate this knowledge into a tangible form and integrate it into learning


Teaching Methods

Teaching methods utilized in the 2-day introductory course include written homework, lecture, charts, meditation, personal reflection, group sharing, demonstration, supervised hands-on practice, altar building, questions and answers


What Everflowing Provides

Course Preparation

After receiving your registration we will mail you a course information letter with a link to the school site with location of the course and website directions of how to get there once in San Francisco, what to bring, what to expect, what to wear, suggestions for accommodations and an articles link for your online course materials including a form requiring 2 hours of pre class study.

Course Content

Essential information regarding the history and principals of hospice care, how hospice care is different from hospital care, who is on the team, where hospice care can be found, the role of the massage practitioner in hospice care, and opportunities available to massage therapists in the current hospice care system.

Standard hands-on precautions for providing hands-on care in health care environments and the use of secondary precautions such as gloves and masks.

Massage Modification model protocols for a wide range of client presentations. You’ll leave with these in in your manual, with clear explanations of how to use them.

Hands-on practice of key massage protocols. You’ll practice a non-circulatory massage protocol, and techniques to use with a client who is passing through various end of life stages.

A model for positioning your clients in comforting and supportive ways using props you find onsite” .

Exercises in the development of Therapeutic Presence through full presence, requiring quiet reflection and the witnessing of others. We begin each day with the shared gift of non-judgmental listening and moments of silence in the cultivation of this foundational protocol.

A supervised, hands-on peer practice session. On the second day, you will be paired with a classmate to participate in practicing the Everflowing positioning protocols and the Everflowing stroking technique with lotion.

An in-depth written reflection on your personal beliefs, and experiences relating to death and dying and an opportunity to explore what you would personally want or not want in the case of your own death.

Strategies for coping with the emotional impact of providing massage for dying persons including, interpersonal, community and ceremonial strategies. The use of ceremony is supported in the classroom through altar building and sharing circles.

Question and Answer periods follow each teaching session.



NCBTMB Approved: Irene Smith is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider #1167.

The completion of this course, provides for 16 CE hours.


Locations Where This Course is Offered

San Francisco, CA – To Register

Austin, TX – To Register