Massage has many physical and emotional benefits for patients in palliative care, from preventing pressure sores and lessening physical pain to creating a tangible connection between the massager and the massaged. In Dying in Good Hands, massage therapists and trainees will find the tools they need for massage at every stage of dying, with stroke sequences adjusted for the unique needs of palliative bodies. Medical professionals will learn how to use massage techniques on their patients and how to teach basic techniques to others. And family and friends, even those who have never massaged before, will discover tips to provide hands-on care and support for loved ones in their final moments.
Christine Sutherland hopes to put massage skills in the hands of everybody who wants to learn to be hands-on with their friends and loved ones who are dying or disabled. Dying In Good Hands will show the practicality of respiratory, digestive and circulatory palliative massage to relieve pain and discomfort, bringing love and affection through touch.
Christine shares her patient’s stories to illustrate her principles of enabling people of all ages and backgrounds, and cultures to use the power of touch through palliative massage.
- Basic massage strokes and full-body massage routines
- Massage treatments to aid the key areas of the respiratory system, digestion, and circulation
- How to deal with the last moments of life and make the last breath more comfortable
- Massage ideas for the physical and emotional needs of family, friends, and caregivers
- Options on where to die, including hospitals, hospices, and home
- Featuring real patient stories that showcase the power of massage in making the process of dying more comfortable