Research: POWELL and STAPLEY,

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Abstract

POWELL and STAPLEY, Self-Management Programme, Applied Research Centre in Health & Lifestyle Interventions, Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, Coventry University, Coventry, UK. l.powell@coventry.ac.uk , have trained parents of children with life-long and life-limiting conditions in massage.

Background

The aim of this study was to explore the experience of being a massage therapist on the Training and Support Programme (TSP) in relation to Continued Professional Development (CPD).

Methodology

The TSP instructs parents caring for children with life-long and life-limiting conditions in simple massage techniques. Data were collected by semi-structured interviews with six massage therapists who had worked on the TSP for between 112 and 4 years.

Results

Therapists reported a number of beneficial gains including increased knowledge about 'disabilities' in general and a greater understanding of caring for children with life-long and life-limiting conditions, more patience, enhanced confidence of their practice, ability to adapt, and compassion. All therapists felt privileged to be a part of the process of change that occurred for parents and their children during the TSP.

Conclusion

The results of this study will add to the scarce literature concerning massage therapists' CPD and provide insight into their experiences of working with parents and their children with a range of life-long and life-limiting conditions.

References

Powell L. Stapley J. Training parents of children with life-long and life-limiting conditions in the art of massage. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. 14(4): 237-43. Nov 2008.

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