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Like Medicine Hands, the workbook and journal continues the use of the pressure, site and position framework as a core tenet. Education is undergoing a vast transformation through the creation of new technologies. While the workbook/journal format might seem low tech by comparison, it has an important place in acquiring knowledge and skills. A workbook is the original self-paced learning system.

“Medicine Hands is beautifully written and packed with essential information. Everyone providing skilled touch to people with cancer and cancer histories should have a copy, and I recommend it to all my students. An inspiring, informative, and contemplative book.” —Tracy Walton, Oncology Massage educator and author of Medical Conditions and Massage Therapy, Cambridge, MA


$19.95 US / $25.99 CAN / £12.99

Gayle MacDonald

Gayle MacDonald, MS, LMT, began her career as a teacher in 1973 and as a massage therapist in 1989. In 1991, she blended her two career paths. Since 1994, she has given massage to cancer patients and supervised massage therapists on the oncology units of Oregon Health and Science University. MacDonald works in a variety of ways to support the development of Oncology Massage. She travels widely to teach practitioners how to massage people living with cancer.

“Medicine Hands is a comprehensive resource for all massage therapists who will, at some point, have clients living with cancer. This book has also been instrumental in allowing me to acknowledge and appreciate the value of this work, something that I was unwilling to receive during my four years working in a community-based palliative care organisation.” —Jan McIlwraith, Victoria Oncology Massage, Melbourne, Australia

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Medicine Hands, the textbook, addresses the knowledge needed to work safely with these clients. Medicine Hands Therapists Workbook and Journal focuses on practicing with the information so that it becomes more ingrained. The workbook and journal uses the following types of activities to build practitioner knowledge: • quizzes • supplemental activities • awareness exercises • reflective questions • ethical dilemmas • touch exercises • case studies


Whether a practitioner is beginning to study massage for people affected by cancer or is deepening their practice, learning occurs through a number of directions: self-study, guided clinical lessons with an experienced teacher, supervised hands-on practice with clients, mentoring, and peer support via group interactions.

Medicine Hands Therapists Workbook and Journal  

Companion workbook to the bestselling Medicine Hands (3rd edition) by the same author, this book provides exercises and activities for the p...

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