Warm Hands on an Aching Body

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

This 7 day course is dedicated to understanding and practicing integrated palliative care for people dealing with cancer through touch therapy.

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;

But 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.

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 Fascia 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 knowledge and experience accumulated over more than eight years; treating thousands of patients at the hospital and at the community clinic; evidence based treatments affiliated with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, and the insight of my 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, 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.

And 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.-