Warm Hands on an Aching Body

Touch Therapy Techniques for treating people dealing with cancer
with Roni Gilboa

This 7-day course is is about integration of touch therapies based on traditional massage work. It's about applying touch techniques to help alleviate pain, trauma and side affects.

It's about finding the therapeutic stance that will help us deal with patients facing a life threatening illness.

In this course we will talk honestly and without fear about issues that are characteristic to the oncology environment – what is cancer? what happens to the body when cancer strikes? what are the emotional, mental and spiritual aspects? what are the standard and innovative courses of treatment in conventional medicine? what are their side effects & what are the phases that cancer patients experience? what is palliative care?

Mostly the course is based on hands-on practice of touch therapy techniques that apply to the oncological environment; treating various side effects, trauma, pain management, lack of sleep, neuropathy, etc.

It's NOT about some crazy cure or about any promise of that. It's about evidence based though techniques and more than ten years of experience in giving massage to cancer patients.

Even though these techniques are deeply rooted in traditional Thai Massage and Thai Acupressure, in this course we will explore the fascinating and intriguing opportunities that present themselves when these traditions interact with the more modern methods of Shiatsu and Fascial Manipulation.

We will practice attentive presence, therapeutic intent and flexibility. We will navigate through the integrative approach. We will dance, meditate, exercise Qui Gong and we will explore our own therapeutic stance when facing life-threatening illness.

The course incorporates Roni's knowledge and experience accumulated over more than eight years of treating thousands of patients at hospital and community clinics, evidence-based treatments affiliated with the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, and the insights of her teachers throughout the years.

Day 1:

What is cancer?

How does it affect the body, mind, soul and heart of a patient?

What is my therapeutic stance?

Basic touch practice session.


Day 2:

“Warm hands on an aching body” - the “do”s and “don’t”s - contraindications and basic principles for treatment of cancer patients.

Basic techniques practice session.


Day 3:

Conventional medicine treatment and side-effects.

Re-discovering, revisiting and readjusting our therapeutic tools.

Practice session.

Day 4:

Palliative care – The five stages of grief – The healing crisis.

Grounding and intent - from “fight or flight” to “rest and digest”.

Attentive presence - how to be effective, alleviate pain & discomfort, minimize side-effects, strengthen the body’s healing forces.

Practice session.

Day 5:

Weaving it all together.

The future of conventional cancer care.

Practical tools for family, caregivers and patients.

"Knock knock" - practice session.


Day 6:

Practical applications in the oncology environment.

Implementing and integrating.

Practice session.

Day 7

Caring for the caregiver


Each of us knows someone who is caring for a loved one who is dealing with cancer. Be it our friends, neighbors or family members, we all feel the emotional and physical effects and side-effects of this life-threatening disease.

We all need a warm hug and encouraging touch to help us deal.

This day is dedicated to the family members and care-givers who support their loved ones 24/7.

We will treat them to a gentle, relaxing and attentive massage, and also teach them a few basic techniques that can help alleviate some of the pain and side-effects of their loved one's cancer treatments.


Everyone with a background in Thai massage is welcome.
7 days / 36 CE hours
Baht 13,500.-

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