Favorite Area Of Focus: Lymphatic Drainage and Oncology Massage
Specialties: Specialize in Lymphatic Drainage and Oncology Massage ~ Prenatal Massage ~ Hot Stone ~The Medically Frail ~ Neck and Shoulder ~ Swedish
Favorite Quote: There is no perfected method of healing; it comes from within as much as combining a variety of methods - spirit, attitude, desire, diet, self-care, open communication with all healthcare workers and loved ones.
Kathy became a massage therapist through Harrisburg Area Community College and has extended her education in Oncology (Tracy Walton & Associates) and Lymphatic Drainage Massage (Academy of Lymphatic Studies).
Prior to massage therapy, she was a textile conservator, artist/teacher and full time mom.
Kathy's Pressure Rating is a 2-3; she can deliver a Medium Pressure with Trigger Point Work.
Massage Specialties - Oncology, Lymphatic Drainage, Prenatal, Hot Stone, Himalayan Salt Stone, Medically Frail, Therapeutic Swedish, Neck & Shoulders, Reiki .
Kathy will also enhance your massage with Aromatherapy.
October 1st begins National Breast Cancer Awareness Month; in conjunction with this campaign, to increase awareness of the disease, we thought it appropriate to begin more formal introductions of our charter Massage Therapist staff. Kathy is one of the very few therapists in our area that has completed focused training through 'Tracy Walton & Associates''; recognized by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, as an approved provider for continuing education.
Recently, our Elements Massage Harrisburg Biography Team (EMHBT) posed questions to Kathy we thought relevant to the topic:
EMHBT: What drove you to your decision to take the extended Oncology Massage credits?
Kathy: Two friends going thru cancer treatments and others affected by the disease triggered a great desire to try to assist them. I saw a potential source for education to provide relief and the extra care necessary for cancer patients specifically. My research showed a number of alternatives, of which I chose the course “Oncology Massage Therapy: Caring for Clients with Cancer”, conducted by Tracy Walton & Associates in Texas. (Details of the course can be found at www.tracywalton.com) This specific course is one accepted by the Society for Oncology Massage for membership.
EMHBT: How does Oncology massage differ from other massage?
Kathy: Through the intake interview, therapists identify current and past cancer treatments endured by the client, any side effects or complications that resulted, and how those side effects should be accommodated in the massage session. For example, if a client in chemotherapy has low platelets, we touch with gentle pressure so we don’t cause bruising or bleeding. Unique positioning and bolstering techniques are introduced for pain relief, sleep support, and overall comfort.
EMHBT: What is the benefit or uniqueness associated with massage for cancer patients?
Kathy: The touch of massage brings a welcome relief from some of the significant challenges cancer patients face, such as pain, stress, anxiety, and depression. Massage can help cancer patients better manage their symptoms and some of the negative side-effects of traditional cancer treatments.
For more information on Oncology Massage or training available you can follow these links: