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Palliative Massage Workshop

Coming in 2019!
Back Massage
There are few things in this world more connecting and comforting than the power of touch

This can be especially meaningful on an end of life journey when words can't capture one's feelings. Massage offers many incredible benefits and helps to maintain and heal our physical bodies. The same is true for those with a life limiting illness as massage can help to alleviate pain and symptoms through increasing circulation, eliminating toxins and preventing tissue breakdown.

In this one day Palliative Massage Workshop you will learn:

  • the benefits of massage

  • introduction to anatomy and physiology

  • posture and hygiene 

  • basic massage techniques and strokes

  • contraindications

  • equipment and products needed

Why Home Hospice Association chose to build this workshop

This course was created and is facilitated by Merri-Lee Agar. She brings 11 years of experience in Swedish Massage, Hot Stone Massage and Palliative Massage. As a Death Doula, Merri-Lee has experienced first hand how beneficial massage can be for they dying, and their loved ones. This workshop not only teaches students how to perform massage techniques, but also how to show loved ones basic ways to provide continued comfort and connection between treatments. 

The day is broken into two parts; the morning is spent learning theory and the afternoon is spent practicing on each other. 

There is no previous experience required, you will learn everything you need to know. The only prerequisite is being comfortable with both giving and receiving touch. 

Hand Massage
Swedish Massage
Coming in 2019
Date and Location To Be Announced
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Payment Details


Training fee is $250.

Payment can be made as follows:

  • $50 deposit is due with this registration form to secure your spot.
    You can e-transfer to

  • $200 balance is due 30 days prior to your training workshop. 

If you prefer to pay by cheque please make cheque payable to Home Hospice Association and mail to Home Hospice Association, #3802 - 2220 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Toronto, ON M8V 0C1

Payment is required in full no later than 30 days prior to your training workship. No seat will be held without deposit. Registration fees and deposits are non-refundable.


NOTE: if you register and are unable to attend you may apply any fees paid to a future date provided you inform us of your need to transfer to another date 45 days in advance.