Hospice massage can be a deeply rewarding experience whether you specialize in it or occasionally volunteer your time. Massage for hospice patients can be designed to alleviate pain, but it is more often about improving your client’s emotional wellbeing. Because it demands a gentle touch, compassionate presence and firm understanding of contraindications, continuing education is recommended for anyone looking to explore the practice.
Courses in touch therapy will help you understand the impact you have on your clients both physically and emotionally. Continuing education can also teach you essential skills like how to conduct yourself around the terminally ill, open yourself up to the idea of death and develop essential self-care tools to help you, your clients and your client’s families through the experience.