Oncology Massage Level 1 Ultimate Vocational Training

Feel confident to massage someone with cancer - here's everything you need- Includes lifetime updates!

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Dear Massage Therapist,

Why do you do massage? What motivates you?

I’m going to guess that part of your answer is that you really care about people. You love to see the difference your treatments make, and to hear how the lives of your clients are improved. Maybe even transformed.

The last thing you want to do is turn anyone away from receiving this wonderful treatment.

But what happens when you have a client with a contraindication? Someone living with cancer or who has had cancer?

They may benefit from and appreciate massage therapy more than anyone else, but if you’re like many of my hundreds of massage therapy students, these are the thoughts that come into your mind:

  • “I can’t take the risk - what if my treatment makes them worse?”
  • “Will my insurance still cover me if I treat a cancer patient?”
  • “I’m going to need a doctor’s letter before treatment, and they’re such a hassle.”
  • “I’ve heard that it’s safe for cancer patients to have massage therapy, but I’m just not confident in knowing what to do to make sure it’s helping and not harming. How long should the treatment be, how regular, how do I make sure the client is comfortable…”

Sounding at all familiar?

Maybe you’ve been through the pain of turning away a client because you just weren’t confident enough, and wished you could have been able to help. Perhaps it was a family member and you knew that if you just had a bit more knowledge you could have used your skills to make a huge difference to their comfort and treatment.

Or perhaps one of your regular clients got a cancer diagnosis and you really wished you could have continued to treat them so they didn’t have to go to a hospice and have someone unfamiliar, or miss out entirely because they couldn’t find a therapist who would treat them.

Because you truly care about people, these things matter.

Perhaps you’ve wished you could really feel confident and competent when it comes to cancer and massage therapy.

And never turn anyone away.

And help more people.

And wouldn’t it be great if you could also communicate confidently with a cancer patient and do a consultation knowing nothing has been missed and you are able to carry out a safe treatment that will actually help, and will be soothing and nurturing?

Well, that’s exactly what I created this course for. I believe in never turning anyone away, and in this course you can learn everything you need to never turn away anyone with cancer.

Here’s what you’ll gain

No more fear

You’ll understand how cancer spreads (hint: it’s not mechanical movements) so you’re armed with knowledge rather than uncertainty.


You’ll know how to carry out a safe treatment, and you’ll know you did everything right, so no feelings of worry or guilt.


You’ll learn how to adapt current massage techniques safely and learn new techniques in restorative touch and lymphedema risk routines.


You’ll feel confident and competent, knowing you’re an oncology massage specialist due to the specialist knowledge you gain from the course.


You’ll have ongoing support from your tutor and the community of students, so the fear and confusion can’t come back - all your questions will be answered.

No need to do another oncology massage course

I keep up to date with everything in the industry by attending worldwide conferences and events - the information I gather will be passed directly to you via the online theory platform at no extra cost.

Treatment plan formula

I’ll teach you my unique “APP formula” for consultations to remove any doubt or concern that you might do the wrong thing in treatment.

Better client focus

You’ll learn the right questions to ask so the client isn’t worrying during the treatment, they understand all the way through.

No impact on your insurance

The course is accredited so your insurance fully covers you.

Client consent template

You can download and use this simple template for getting consent from the client, so no need for a time-consuming doctor’s letter.

Oncology massage database

Once you’ve successfully completed the course, you’ll be added to my database of qualified oncology massage specialists, so people looking for oncology massage can come to you.

Here’s how it works

The course is delivered with clear, professional video lessons which are easy to watch and follow, along with a course handbook so you also have everything you need in writing.

The Teachable platform makes it really easy to follow along and to keep track of your progress through the material.

You’ll progress through the training like this:

START with touch Oncology Massage Level 3 Vocational Training

Prerequisite: Body massage and A&P Level 3 Minimum

Level 1 - Online Theory

15 modules
28 lessons
11 massage routine videos
15 assessment quizzes

Level 2 - Practical Day Training

Level 1 Online theory must be completed first before you can progress and pay to book the practical days training.

You can check out all the practical assessment dates here.

  • Prior to your practical level 2 Oncology massage assessment please watch all the lessons and complete the lymphedema quiz, in the "quadrant & directional strokes" lesson, which will be marked before your practical assessment.
  • Practical assessment will take place via two 60-90 minute zoom classes and your link will be sent to you via email.
  • Bolstering Supine & Restorative touch assessment 1100-1200 or 1400-1500 or 1830-1930
  • Andy/Bethany Oncology massage treatment assessment 1100-1230 or 1400-1530 or 1830-2000

Level 2 - Practical Assessment

Treatment Plan using APP formula
Oncology massage
Restorative touch

Lymphedema risk routine

DVT risk routine

Case study preparation

It is important to us that you get the one to one you deserve, that's why we only take small classes of no more than 6-8 students at our venues or on our live zoom classes.

Live online assessment via zoom class checklist

  • Model (does not need to be someone with or had cancer for the class), and massage couch, chair or stool if preferred.
  • Sufficient bedding, towels, pillows, blankets to perform bolstering techniques.
  • Hand sanitiser, wipes.
  • Extra equipment- PPE (dependant on model, their treatment ect. and Covid-19 guidance)
  • Good internet connection
  • Up To date browser
  • Camera and microphone functioning on (earphones/ headphones optional)

Important to practice and prepare before class

  • Positioning of camera for assessment- to allow your tutor to see you and the whole bed.
  • Watch the restorative touch and bolstering lessons and practice the routine and towel origami bolstering techniques in preparation for your assessment.
  • Familiarise yourself with Andy & Bethany's consultation and lesson. Watch the risk of lymphedema routine, Risk of DVT routine and bolstering lessons and practice the routines and towel origami bolstering techniques in preparation for your assessment.

Your ready now!

  1. Grab a cuppa and log into zoom class meeting.
  2. Position your camera on yourself at this time, your model will be needed in approximately 15 mins.
  3. Introduce yourself and share why you wanted to learn oncology massage with other like minded therapists on the course.
  4. Time to ask your tutor any questions
  5. Get ready for your assessment, prepare model and position camera to yourself working around the massage couch. Your tutor may ask you to reposition your camera if they cannot observe you clearly. Please prepare and practice your set up before class.


The Level 2 course format has also been revised with online lectures, videos that you'll have life-long access to, just like revisiting your class again again whenever you need a wee refresher. So even better than attending a class for a day, let's face it we always forget something or wish we could see that demo again.

When face to face training at venues resume again, it will be for assessment only, the same format as the live zoom assessments with both Restorative touch and Andy/Bethany assessment on the same day. 1030-1400

Checklist when attending venues- What do I need to bring on the practical day?

1 set of bed linen,( 2 large towels, bed cover and 1 or 2 hand towels)including 1 pillow/bolster. If you are travelling from another country, find out what linen you can borrow from your accommodation. When registering for your practical day, you will be asked if you are able to bring all the items on the list. If you are able to transport extra pillows or linens, this will be helpful too. All our venues have close parking and drop off points for loading.

Wear loose comfortable clothing, tunics are not compulsory.

You can contact us by email at [email protected] if you require any in-house salon or spa training, additional dates or would like to host a course at your venue. Looking forward to supporting your massage journey.

Scottish venue Head office

START with touch, 8 Meadow Street Falkirk, FK1 1RP

Manchester venue

The old courthouse, The full spectrum centre, Chapel Street, Dukinfield, Greater Manchester, SK16 4DY

Sheffield Venue

Kinetic Clinic, 8 Town End Road, Ecclesfield, Sheffield S35 9YY

Leicester Venue

Together Against Cancer Charity, Troon Way Business Centre, Humberstone Lane, Leicester, LE4 9HA

Melbourne, South Derbyshire Venue

Infinity Training Academy LTD First Floor William's Yard, Derby Road, Melbourne,Derbyshire, DE73 8FE

Monday 17th June 2019 *3 places available

Norwich venue

The Norwich wellbeing centre, 15 Chapelfield East, Norwich,NR2 1SF

After successfully completing the level 2 practical training, your tutor will be on hand to support you to complete your case studies.

You also have lifetime access to our closed facebook tribe.

Level 3 - Mentored Case Studies

Complete 3 case studies

Congratulations, you’re now a Qualified Oncology Massage Specialist!

A follow up call will be scheduled after successful completion of your level 3.

Supporting our students is top of our list.

If this sounds like the course you've been looking for, then please sign up on this page to start Level 1, the online theory. I'm really looking forward to helping you to gain this specialist knowledge and these valuable skills.


P. S. You might like to know that I will be donating part of the proceeds from this course to charities, specifically those that need funding to carry out complementary therapy treatments.

P. P. S. Got questions? Check out the FAQ section below for lots more detail.

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Course Curriculum

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Your Instructor

Maureen Bonner
Maureen Bonner

Maureen Bonner is an experienced oncology massage expert since 2001 and has been recognised by the industry's regulating associations for her inclusive and supportive teaching style and contribution to the Education of Complementary therapies and Oncology Massage by the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) Tutor of the Year 2018 Finalist at the FHT Excellence awards.

It all started in the year 2000 when she trained in Complementary therapies and Beauty Therapy.

Ironically she's spent the past 20 years of her career, researching and providing treatments to those with cancer and life limiting conditions and complex health needs, resulting in START with touch Oncology massage level 3 vocational training becoming a recognised qualification in the industry, accredited by FHT and ABT and she has taught all over the world.

Now Maureen is advocating from a patient/ clients point of view as she applies all her expertise into symptom managing her condition using various complementary therapies, reducing the amount of medication and severity of reactions and symptoms from her terminal rare interstitial lung disease.

Early in her career she volunteered at a local hospice where she worked along with medical professionals to show the benefit that massage and other complementary therapies had on the wellbeing of patients. At the same time, she was able to show that massage therapy helped with various symptoms that cancer patients were going through with the effects of their treatments.

Maureen has also been involved in working with the elderly in nursing homes with patients suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s. Other groups she has worked with include the local fibromyalgia group, people with sight, hearing and speech impairments, and various other groups which support people with a number of disabilities. She also has a massage clinic, the Holistic Clinic which she has been running for over 10 years. Before that, she operated a mobile therapy clinic which was also involved in corporate work throughout the Central Scotland area. Through this, she delivered therapies and health relief functions, meditation sessions and mindfulness lectures. Furthermore, she is also a practicing Nicherin Buddhist and this is where her passion for inclusiveness comes from.

Throughout her career she has continued to develop herself professionally, obtaining many certificates in training on various massage skills, learning Eastern methods as well as advanced Western methods. She also works with energy, been involved with crystals from a very young age, (around the age of 5) and meditation. She is also a Reiki and Seichem Master.

Maureen tells an up to date story here on YouTube why you see her wearing an oxygen canula, and in her own words her "big baw face" appearance has changed because of the life saving medication she is on to help extend her life, enabling her to have even one more extra day joyfully living doing what she loves most. Supporting and teaching others within the complementary therapy industry.

Maureen is looking forward to being your tutor and helping you fulfil your ambitions as she has hers, and welcomes the opportunity to share her knowledge and enthusiasm with you while supporting your journey and helping you to achieve your dreams.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I get my certificate?
After successful completion of the online theory, practical day and your complete case studies, you will receive your certificate within 5 working days of your case studies being marked and submitted by email.
How long does it take to mark my case studies?
Your case studies will be marked and you will receive the results within 5 working days.
What is the pass rate of the online assessment?
Do I need to bring a model?
No. Part of the learning experience is to receive the treatment ourselves. Only then can we truly appreciate and experience what our clients will receive from us. We learn just as much from receiving as giving!
What support is available after I have completed the course?
The START with touch ethos is built around support, and it is our policy to support students as long as you need it. We have various ways in which we do this. The most valuable support can be found on the closed Facebook group where you will receive tips, encouragement and support for every aspect of your oncology massage journey from Maureen Bonner and other therapists who work within this specialty field. You are not alone, "let's do this together!"
Do I need insurance to do case studies?
As you are a qualified massage therapist, you should have public liability insurance in place. Please contact your insurance provider to inform them you will be undertaking 3 case studies as part of the START with touch Oncology Massage Level 3 course. Every insurance company is different, but the majority of them will cover you without an extra premium.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What do I need to bring on the practical day?
1 set of bed linen, including pillows/bolsters. If you are travelling from another country, find out what linen you can borrow from your accommodation. At some venues we require up-to 50% of students to bring a massage couch. This will be co-ordinated by your tutor. When registering for your practical day, you will be asked if you are able to bring all the items on the list. If you are able to transport extra pillows or linens, this will be helpful too. All our venues have close parking and drop off points for loading.
What kind of consent is required by my client to allow me to carry out specialist oncology massage?
A minimum of informed consent is required from your client. All insurance companies set their own guidelines which must be adhered to. However it is our mission here at START with touch to make it easier for therapists to treat clients with a history of cancer by first developing this thorough training and second to continue to communicate with all the leading underwriters.
Will I be able to gain insurance?
Yes, you will never have to turn anyone away again. The course is accredited by the major bodies in the UK and is fully insurable for you to treat clients out with a hospice/ medical setting. You are able to treat clients with cancer or a history of cancer within your therapy business, whether this is home visits, salon or in a spa.
Why can't I book and pay for the practical date combined with online theory?
It is important that you learn the theory before the practical day so everyone is at the same level. There is a lot to learn and you will be assessed throughout the online course. You need a 70% pass mark to progress onto the practical training day. As the theory is online you can go at your own pace, and if any of life’s obstacles show up to eat into your time for completing this, then there is no need to worry as you have 1 year to complete the course, thus not putting any strain on anyone to complete or rush the theory training. This allows places on the practical day to be available and more dates added where needed. It is a natural progression.
What happens if I don't pass online assessment?
Don’t worry, you will be sent an additional online quiz to complete. You will be supported by our tutors until you have successfully completed the online theory.
How many CPD points are awarded for START with touch Oncology massage level 3 vocational training course?
Each membership company sets their own number of CPD point which depends on the amount of learning hours. START with touch Oncology massage level 3 course will take you a minimum of 26 hours study.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 14 days and we will give you a full refund.