Health Options Institute

Empowering Students to Succeed for Over 34 Years


Medical Massage for Special Populations: From Pediatrics to Geriatrics 

(8 hours)

Learn the special considerations in medical massage for various life stages and conditions. Techniques, adaptations and unique concerns will be covered for young children to the elderly to the terminally ill. Emphasis will be placed on palliative care and massage for vulnerable populations. A variety of conditions will be covered including ADHD, Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Cancer, and more. Please wear comfortable clothes as well as bring a set of sheets and massage cream. A certificate of completion will be received for 8 hours which can be used toward PA or NJ license renewal.

About the Instructor

Laura Parker, LMT, is a 2007 graduate from the National Massage Therapy Institute. She has practiced massage in a number of therapeutic settings as well as spas, a gym and a yoga studio. Working with physical therapists, chiropractors, nursing homes and more has given Laura a unique and integrated approach to wellness. Laura's clients have benefited from her study of pain relief and medical massage applications to relieve a broad range of conditions including migraines, fibromyalgia pain, and low back pain as well as providing relief for cancer patients and the terminally ill. Laura believes that massage is the perfect combination of science and art. She continues to be amazed at all it can do.
In addition to medical massage and similar therapeutic approaches, Laura has studied and now teaches Eastern modalities including Thai Yoga, in addition to spa techniques. She has studied different aspects of spa treatments in addition to almost 10 years experience. She enjoys creating her own organic products as well. Laura enjoys constantly expanding her knowledge and learning new things.
Laura began teaching massage in a core program at Harris School of Business before becoming a NCBTMB certified continuing education teacher. She currently teaches at a number of massage schools as well as maintaining her practice. Laura enjoys sharing what she's learned and believes education is the first step to wellness.



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 Laura

“LOVED the hands on portion. Laura is very knowledgeable and extremely friendly. She made the course very enjoyable” – Lindsey T., Chronic Pain participant, 10/2016


“Thank you! You gave my massage practice the spark it needed to continue to want to further my education; I look forward to another class with you” Jen B, Medical Massage participant, 11/16


 “Laura was an amazing instructor. I felt she was very informative and covered the topic very well. Thank you” Julie M, 1/17


“Great course, very useful info! Very happy I took this class & found you. Thank you!” – Emily B, Intro to Medical Massage Participant, 3/17