Massage In Hospice: An Everflowing Approach is a multi-layered, interactive primer on providing massage therapy for those who are in hospice care. Irene Smith, internationally acclaimed author, educator and original pioneer in the hospice massage field, uses text, video, audio and photo galleries to share her wealth of experience with unprecedented clarity, understanding and compassion. Integrating the art, the science and the emotion of hospice massage, this groundbreaking multimedia presentation facilitates a truly balanced experience allowing the reader to feel the texture and the tone of the Everflowing approach. The information shared is organized for personal use as a private practitioner, for course study in a group, and as a teaching tool in classrooms and hospice trainings.
Professional body workers, bodywork students, and healthcare professionals with a desire to enhance the touch component in their professional role, as well as hospice volunteers, friends, and family who wish to provide skillful touch or massage for a loved one or patient will benefit from the depth of wisdom and experience shared in this cutting edge interactive book.
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Inspiring and creative
Irene Smith has always been a courageous, creative explorer. She offered bodywork to people with AIDS before AIDS was understood at all; she was an early practitioner of hospice massage. Now she's out there on the leading edge of publishing with an interactive iBook. You need an iPad or a Mac computer to read, listen, and view Massage in Hospice Care: An Everflowing Approach. This book is filled with multi-media inspiration and instruction.
The importance of touch in hospice care
This is a wonderful resource for anyone working in hospice care, whether they are a massage therapist, nurse, aide, doctor, caregiver, or family/friend. It is much more than a “how to” massage technique book, although there are wonderful suggestions and directions regarding massage and gentle touch with people who are extremely frail and vulnerable.
Irene Smith explains the “what and why” of hospice care with compassion and wisdom. Her 30+ years of hospice experience are evident in the depth of care she advocates for her patients, while the case histories she’s included tell much about her approach to this work.
This book invites readers to explore their own feelings about working with the dying, accepting what is when we would really like to change what is, and listening with an open heart.
A must read
A must read for anyone interested in hospice massage. Irene shares her lifelong experiences and teachings in hospice care in a clear and concise manner. If you are thinking of starting a hospice massage practice or becoming a volunteer in hospice massage, this book will provide you with the necessary tools to be a successful provider. I was a volunteer hospice massage therapist at Laguna Honda hospital, Vitas and Kaiser hospice. I have taken all of Irene's classes in San Francisco; everything I learned from her is in this wonderful book. Irene Smith is unique in our world, very few people have the skill, knowledge and experience to teach others how to do this very special work. How fortunate we are to have her and this special book.