Montgomery, New York – (Dec. 21, 2009) — The Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies is pleased to announce the addition of a new home study course to its current list of more than 35 professional-level home study courses for licensed massage therapists. The new course, Massage Professionals: Cancer & Massage, will earn massage therapists one continuing education hour, and it is available exclusively online through the Institute’s online continuing education website,

This new home study course derives from original articles produced by the Institute’s “Massage Professionals Update,” a monthly e-newsletter devoted to supplying tips and articles to help massage professionals build their practice. Through the initiative of Cheryl Baisley, programming director at the institute, Cancer & Massage and many other courses are being developed. Says Baisley, “We should give our readers the option to earn continuing education hours for articles they have already read, on valuable topics that interest them.”

The sections in this course include: Bodywork After Breast Cancer Surgery, Skin Health and You, 4 Critical Elements of Massage Therapy Protocol for Cancer Patients and What You Need to Know About Essential Oils and Cancer.

Massage Professionals: Cancer & Massage is intended to provide an overview of cancer for the massage therapist in the following areas:

  • Explain the types of breast cancer surgeries and describe the role of massage therapy with regard to breast cancer surgery.
  • Learn the prevalence of skin cancer and understand the five criteria used to identify possible skin cancer.
  • Understand the primary risks and symptoms of cancer therapy as well as the protocols for massage therapy.
  • Identify the precautions and potential efficacy of essential oils with regard to cancer patients.

To learn more information about this course and other courses available at the Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies, visit or call (800) 364-5722. The Institute is approved by the NCBTMB as a continuing education-approved provider and by the Florida and Louisiana Boards of Massage Therapy. Its continuing education hours are also accepted by the Texas Board of Massage, AMTA, ABMP and most other state boards.

The Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies provides postgraduate, distance training for certified massage therapists and other health-care professionals. The distance learning courses offered are convenient, cost-effective, self-paced and easy to follow.