Video Course: Introduction to Oncology Massage: Part 2

Cal Cates, Kerry Jordan

Join Healwell’s Cal Cates and Kerry Jordan for an introduction to oncology massage and the special considerations that are needed when working with this population. Learn the proper client screening protocols, the correct levels of pressure to use with clients with cancer or a cancer history, and how to successfully refer to qualified healthcare professionals when needed. Includes video demonstration of levels one and two of Tracy Walton's Massage Therapy Pressure Scale.

This in-depth introduction will help you determine if you’re interested in additional training in this unique modality.

This course is the second in a series of two courses.

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Course Outline
  • Introduction and review
  • Symptoms, side effects, and complications
  • The Massage Therapy Pressure Scale
  • Pressure level one [technique video]
  • Pressure level two [technique video]
  • What you can do
  • Referring out
Learning Objectives

Having viewed this online massage therapy technique CE course, participants will be able to:

  • List the three intake questions to add to a health history questionnaire to screen for cancer-related conditions properly.
  • Identify the correct levels of the Walton Pressure Scale to use with a client with cancer or a history of cancer.
  • List the depth of pressure, amount of drag, and stroke speed included with pressure level one on the Walton Pressure Scale.
  • List the depth of pressure, amount of drag, and stroke speed included with pressure level two on the Walton Pressure Scale.
  • List the steps to make a successful and qualified referral to another healthcare professional.
Cal Cates

Cal is the executive director of Healwell and has been teaching and developing curriculum for massage therapy courses focused on hospital-based practice, oncology massage and end of life care since 2007. Their experience in clinical practice in hospitals around the US has informed their teaching style greatly. Cal is clear that massage therapy is healthcare and feels a personal commitment to inviting students to consider themselves as integral to a whole person healing process. Cal’s favorite thing about teaching healthcare providers is the ability to blend nerdiness and authenticity to create opportunities to be more effective, more human, and more flexible. Learn more at

Kerry Jordan

Kerry is the operations director and an essential part of the curriculum development team for Healwell. She brings 20 years of experience as an instructor and has an extensive background in teaching pathology and physiology and adapting massage therapy for special populations.  Before training as a massage therapist, Kerry owned and operated a successful yoga studio in Boston. She has been teaching yoga since 1999. Kerry is recognized by the Yoga Alliance as an RYT-500 and a continuing education provider, weaving the principles of yoga and meditation into her teaching and service work with yogis, massage therapists and healthcare providers. Learn more at

Topics and Techniques

This online oncology massage therapy CE course is available to you on demand to access, learn, and earn CE whenever and wherever it’s most convenient for you!


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Is this course approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) for CE credit?
Yes! All of the courses are approved under ABMP’s NCBTMB Approved Provider account (451086-09).

How do I earn a CE certificate for this oncology massage course?
After you complete the webinar video, a quiz will appear on the page. Earn a CE certificate by scoring 70% or higher on the course quiz.

How do I access my CE certificates?
CE certificates are available on your “My CE Transcripts” page and on the course page. Visit your “My CE Transcript” page by clicking “My CE” on the navigation bar at the top of your screen.


"Both parts of this course were eloquently presented and really interesting. I appreciated the content and the interaction between the instructors, as well as their passion and care for what they do and who they are working with."

"Great information! The passion Cal and Kerry have for oncology massage is contagious. Very supportive and positive."

"The manner in which the information was conveyed was excellent. They were very clear, concise and everything was done with compassion. I have not taken a class that felt so heart centered. Loved this course!"