Health Options Institute

Empowering Students to Succeed for Over 34 Years


Cancer Massage

(16 Hours)

This two day workshop provides an overview of all cancers, treatments, side effects, understanding the client and the disease, lymphedema, when, how, why and where to touch, indications and contraindications, specific hands-on modalities, proper positioning & draping, appropriate/inappropriate techniques, client/practitioner safeguards, ethical, legal issues & documentation, hospice & hospital massage, marketing & public speaking. This class will prepare the therapist with all the tools necessary to safely take on cancer clients in any stage of the illness and treatment, including terminal cases.  A certificate of completion is received which can be used toward PA or NJ massage license renewal.

About the Instructor 

Cheryl Chapman, CMT, LMT, RN, HN-BC, NCBTMB, NJSC

Teaches Cancer Massage, Cardiac Massage, Geriatric Massage, Pre and Post Natal Massage and Mastectomy Massage. She is a registered nurse certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork. She is the Director of Professional Massage Therapy in Short Hills, New Jersey. She has a private practice specializing in geriatric, cancer, mastectomy, healthy breast, pre and post natal and infant massage. Cheryl was Director of Nursing for a 128 bed extended care facility where she gained invaluable experience in working with the elderly and aging person. As an RN since 1965 with 10 years as a specialty nurse and hospice oncology and terminal care she integrates this experience into her practice and provides a unique and compassionate service to her clients. Cheryl is a past President of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association. She is active in the National Association of Nurse Massage Therapists, the American Holistic Nurses Association, the N.J. State Nurses Association and the New York Society of Medical Massage Therapists and the Society for Oncology Massage. She is an approved continuing education provider for the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. She teaches Cancer, Mastectomy, Healthy Breast, and Pregnancy massage at various massage schools, spas and conferences throughout the country.


Cheryl has authored the chapter in Geriatric Massage in “Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Older Adults”; “The Happy Breast Book”, seven training manuals and numerous articles on Massage for Professional and National publications. She is the creator of “Phluffing the Girls”, to promote and benefit good breast health.  Cheryl teaches throughout the United States, including National AMTA conventions.



Call 610-419-3535 or​ Contact Us. Register with at least a $40 deposit more than 3 weeks in advance for the lowest price and to save your spot.

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If we have more than one scheduled class date, only the flyer for the first upcoming class is available online. To see other class dates click here for the Continuing Education Course Calendar.



"Cheryl brings decades of life experience and compassion to the course material. It was a privilege to learn from her." -Jennifer O.

"This course and modality has changed the way I think and feel about my profession. It's opened my eyes to a whole new world." -Lissa L.

"This course will give you confidence and the security to feel comfortable working with cancer patients as well as others with illness or disease." -Rhonda M.

"The instructor makes the class very personalized by sharing her experiences like what's worked, what hasn't, etc." -Unknown Student

"I learned everything I need to know about working with people with cancer and fell comfortable about touching and massage. The workbook, hand-outs, and hands on experience are invaluable. This is a well done workshop." -Milwaukee

"Cheryl has given me the direction I want to pursue for my massage career. I enjoyed her and the class tremendously." -AMTA Connecticut


Praise for Cheryl

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