Video Course: Palliative Care Panel: Improving Quality of Life Through Massage

Sharon Puszko, Ann Catlin

The focus of palliative care is improving the quality of your client’s life at any stage of illness by alleviating the discomfort, symptoms, and stress associated with the client’s condition. Palliative care is unique in that you are often working as part of a team and not in the isolation of your treatment room. In these short TED-type presentations, you’ll get insights from some of the top experts in palliative care and learn how you can make this type of work part of your practice. Presentations include "Serving Hospice—Do You Have What it Takes?" with Ann Catlin, "Massage for the Wheelchair Client" with Sharon Puszko, "A Perfectly Peaceful Combination: Massage and Essential Oils for Hospice Patients" with Lisa Browder, and "The Role and Benefits of Massage in Palliative Care" with Rudi Pauli.

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Sharon Puszko
Sharon Puszko is a graduate of the University of California with a major in education. After teaching biology and English internationally, Puszko made a career change into the wellness field in 1986 and became a massage therapist. Along with overseeing the operations of the Daybreak Geriatric Massage Institute, she has a private practice and does volunteer hospice work. She travels extensively throughout the US and internationally teaching Daybreak geriatric massage workshops in massage schools and community colleges. Learn more at
Ann Catlin
Ann Catlin, OTR, LMT, is an expert in the field of massage in elder care and hospice and has 30 years of experience as an occupational therapist in long-term care and rehabilitation. She founded the Center for Compassionate Touch LLC, an organization that offers Compassionate Touch training, a hands-on complementary approach for those in elder care, hospice, and palliative care. She is a recognized author and contributor to professional publications and educational resources. Learn more at
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