Health Options Institute

Empowering Students to Succeed for Over 34 Years


Geriatric Hospice Massage

(8 hours)

Students will learn how to work in the Non medical health care environment and what to expect. Students will be oriented to team work, being a mobile therapist, mood and pain assessment, working around medical equipment, working on clients in a recliner or hospital bed while maintaining comfortable body mechanics, and proper documentation including medical terminology. Approaching someone who may or may not know, or accept they are dying is covered.

             Students will learn to adapt their touch to various life altering illnesses such as: ALS, Parkinson's, Cancer, Dementia, COPD, Congestive heart failure, etc. Students will learn to recognize when massage is Not appropriate.

           Marketing yourself, creating your own niche such as doing demonstrations at senior centers and volunteering at senior centers and networking with administrators at assisted living and nursing homes, will be thoroughly discussed. There is a huge demand for qualified massage therapists who understand how to work within facilities with this ever increasing older adult population.

            There will be an exploration of Psycho-social interactions between clients and caregivers, and stages of grief for patients and their caregivers. Caregiver support for the family and friends of the client are discussed as well as support for the massage therapist as a caregiver.

             Students will learn a Hands on focused/comfort touch routine that connects mind body and spirit, and the need for grounding and how to do it. Students will receive instructions on caring for someone who is “actively dying,” and general caregiver guidelines.

             Self care, with all of its physical, emotional, and spiritual components, is important. There will be a discussion of setting appropriate boundaries. Learning to pace yourself and your case load is part of this and learning when to say no. Real life scenarios are discussed so that the student will be able to apply what they are learning.

          Interactive question and answer sessions occur throughout this workshop, so the student will come away with very practical knowledge. An 8 hour certificate of completion will be received that may be applied toward PA or NJ massage therapy license renewal.

About the Instructor 

Tracy Prostko, LMT

Who instructs Orthopedic Assessment for Massage Therapists, the MBLEx Coaching Class, and Geriatric Hospice Massage, is a graduate of the Institute’s Massage Therapy Program and a member of the Association for Bodywork & Massage Professionals. She has additional training in oncology/palliative (cancer) massage through Cheryl Chapman and is a Reiki practitioner. She is currently contracted with Heartland Hospice as a paid licensed massage therapist and owns a successful private massage therapy practice. She additionally does community outreach via voluntary Reiki therapy at the Pocono Medical Center and as a Massage Therapist for the Pennsylvania Perimeter Rides Against Cancer.



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.


Praise for Tracy

"This is a wonderful course which strengthens my skills as a therapist!" -Student from October 2016 class

"What I liked most about this course was that the instructor brought a lot of "real" life experience to the class. Very informational course!" -Student from October 2016 class

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