Carolyn Tague has been a hospital-based massage therapist since 2006, working at the University of California San Francisco Health, California Pacific Medical Center, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, and at Laguna Honda Hospital’s Pain and Healing Clinic. She specializes in massage therapy for patients with cancer, neurological challenges, and complex chronic pain. Ms. Tague has taught hospital-based massage therapy for over 6 years and in 2021, Ms. Tague launched the Advanced training in hospital-based massage therapy program at UCSF| Osher Center where she manages and is lead instructor for the yearlong fellowship.
Ms. Tague is a founding member of the Association of Massage Therapists in Healthcare (AMTiHC) and a member of the Academic Consortium of Integrative Medicine and Healthcare. Carolyn served on the Hospital Based Massage Therapy task force of ACIHM/AHIM. She is also a preferred practitioner and member of the Educators Forum Subcommittee of the Society for Oncology Massage. She presents at many national conferences and teaches internationally, including in Japan and Mexico.
In addition to her work at The Osher Center, Ms. Tague is the founder of Tague Consulting, which offers education for massage therapists on working with medically complex clients and consultation with medical centers on developing or growing massage therapy services.
Saturday, 4/22/23 1:30 – 3:00 PM
Breakout: What’s happening in Hospital-based Massage Therapy?
Co-presented with Karen Armstrong
Hospital-based massage therapy (HBMT) has been around since the late 1980s, but many hospitals and patients don’t know anything about it. In this presentation, we will offer a view of current trends in HBMT and practical steps for collaborating with healthcare systems to introduce or expand inpatient massage therapy services. Training, funding, and service delivery strategies will be discussed.