Final Touch Training is a three-day program designed to prepare licensed, certified and professional massage therapists to work with people at the end of life. Rather than a specific technique, Final Touch focuses on adapting what therapists already know to meet the needs of the dying. Other licensed medical professionals and bodyworkers with experience in gentle touch modalities are welcome to enroll in Final Touch Training. Twenty CE hours are provided for LMT's, and for nurses (RN's and APN's) in most states.
Encompassing both skillset and mindset, Final Touch Training will support those who wish to expand their practices to include hospice and palliative care and/or desire to support loved ones as they face the end of life. The peer practice clinic provides opportunities for learners to develop and practice appropriate treatment plans to address various symptoms at every stage of the dying process.
What students can expect from this training:
- Understand how massage for those at the end of life is different from what we learned in massage school.
- Learn how to modify current massage skills appropriately for this population.
- Develop awareness of healing agendas and why these may be inappropriate in end-of-life care.
- Learn about common conditions encountered in those at end of life, including cancer, ALS, Parkinson's, dementia, Alzheimer's, COPD and congestive heart failure.
- Learn about the stages of dying, including common symptoms and how to address them.
- Critical-thinking skills are challenged during hands-on practice with fellow students.
- Confront the issue of loss in end-of-life care and develop strategies for preventing burnout.
- Develop strategies for becoming a calm presence for end-of-life clients and their families.
- Training materials include Final Touch notes, a list of helpful resources and a gift for self-care.
- A small student-to-teacher ratio will ensure individual instruction and support.