Massage and Bodywork - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780702032660

Massage and Bodywork

1st Edition

Adapting Therapies for Cancer Care

Authors: Peter Mackereth Ann Carter
eBook ISBN: 9780702032660
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone


Ideal for qualified massage and bodywork therapists wanting to expand their knowledge and skills, this unique resource brings together the most common forms of bodywork with a focus on this important and challenging area of practice. Emphasizing the need for safe practice, this book illustrates how massage can be safely adapted for patients and dispels some misconceptions about working with people who have cancer. Key topics include integrative and collaborative working, the psychological aspects of bodywork, therapists as teachers, professionalism, the control of symptoms, working with vulnerability, potency in practice, and the skilful combination of voice and touch.

Key Features

  • Written by experienced therapists working in this area of practice
  • Introduces the modalities with clear explanations of their development and application to cancer care settings
  • Logical organization makes it easy to find key information quickly
  • Each section includes an overview, an abstract of each chapter, a summary of key issues, and conclusions and recommendations for best practice
  • Focuses on specialized aspects of massage and bodywork to support safe, competent, and compassionate practice

Table of Contents

Section 1: Key Themes

1. Cancer and Its treatments

2. Integrative Practice

3. Evaluating the Evidence

4. Professional and Potent Practice

5. Working with the Denied Body

6. Body Psychotherapy in Cancer Care

7. Therapist as Teacher

Section 2: Practitioners at Work

8. The HEARTS process

9. Massage and Essential Oils in Haemato-oncology

10. Collaborative Working

11. Shiatsu for Symptom Management

12. Lymphoedema

13. Massage & Spinal Cord Compression

14. Creative Approaches to Reflexology

15. Adapting Chair Massage

16. Being Met with Care: Massage Work with Vulnerable Patients


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About the Author

Peter Mackereth

Peter is the Clinical Lead for Complementary Therapies (CTs) at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust Manchester and University Reader in Integrated Health at the University of Derby (Buxton Campus). He is a registered nurse, and has worked in intensive care, neurology and oncology. Peter has an MA in Medical Ethics and has completed a PhD project examining reflexology vs. relaxation training for people with MS. In 2003 the Complementary Therapy team at the Christie received the prestigious Prince of Wales’s Good Practice Award. In 2004 the team won the Dept of Health’s Manchester and Regional Innovations Awards in Long-term Care. In 2005 Peter was given the National Public Servant Award hosted by the Guardian Newspaper. The team is currently working on a number of research and audit projects exploring outcomes for acupuncture, hypnotherapy, aromatherapy, creative imagery/relaxation and reflexology. Peter has published widely and speaks regularly at conferences and study days.

Affiliations and Expertise

Clinical Lead, Complementary Therapies and Smoking Cessation, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK

Ann Carter

Ann Carter has a background in education and health promotion and has worked as a therapist and teacher of “hands on” therapies since 1989. She joined the team at the Neil Cliffe Cancer Care Centre as an Aromatherapist on a sessional basis in 1994, and have since been involved in many aspects of palliative care. Since 2000 she has worked as the part time Complementary Therapy Co-ordinator at St. Ann’s Hospice (66 beds) which includes two hospice sites 20 miles apart, and the Neil Cliffe Cancer Care Centre now part of the Hospice. She teaches post graduate courses for therapists and health care professionals and works as an aromatherapy examiner for the Sandra Day School of Health Studies in Rochdale. She has also been responsible for devising and participating in the new postgraduate qualification, “Complementary Therapies in Cancer Care” for the same teaching establishment

Affiliations and Expertise

Complementary Therapy Coordinator, St Ann's Hospice, Manchester Life Coach, Lecturer and Therapist