Episode 5 – Massage Therapy in Infusion Centers

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Ep. 5 – Massage Therapy in Infusion Centers: An Essential Component of Holistic Healthcare with Carolyn Tague 


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In today’s episode, we have a special guest, Carolyn Tague, a certified massage therapist in California. Carolyn joins us to share her experiences working in infusion centers within a hospital setting. We delve into how she got the opportunity to work in infusion centers, the focus of her work, and the benefits it brings to patients. Carolyn also touches on the importance of connection and the positive outcomes that can be achieved through oncology massage therapy. 

Topics discussed: 

  • How Carolyn got the opportunity to work in infusion centers 
  • The focus of the work in infusion centers  
  • Interaction with patients and opportunities for connection 
  • The Benefits and Outcomes of massage therapists working in Infusion Centers 
  • Association for Massage Therapists in Healthcare (AMTEK) 

More About Carlolyn Tague 

RE: CIPN and Massage: Izgu, Nur et al. “Prevention of Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy with Classical Massage in Breast Cancer Patients Receiving Paclitaxel: An Assessor-Blinded Randomized Controlled Trial.” Eur J Oncol Nurs 40 (2019): 36–43. Web.  

Website for Tague Consulting: http://www.tagueconsulting.com/default.html  

Website for Osher, UCSF: https://osher.ucsf.edu/education/massage-therapy 

Carolyn Tague is a California certified massage therapist and has been doing massage therapy in hospitals since 2006, including the UCSF Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, the UCSF Mt. Zion Infusion Center, California Pacific Medical Center, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, and Laguna Honda Hospital’s Pain and Healing Clinic. She specializes in massage therapy for patients with cancer, neurological challenges, and complex chronic pain. She is proficient in a range of massage modalities, including Swedish massage, craniosacral therapy, and somatic bodywork.  

She is a preferred practitioner and member of the Educators Forum subcommittee with the Society for Oncology Massage, an international organization for massage therapists working in the field of oncology. She presents at many national conferences and teaches internationally, including in Japan and Mexico. Carolyn currently works at The Osher Center for Integrative Health at the University of California, San Francisco where she has a clinic practice and is program manager and lead instructor of their year-long Hospital-based massage therapy fellowship program.  

In addition, 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. Publications Ms. Tague co-authored with Gayle MacDonald the textbook “Hands in Healthcare: Massage Therapy for the Adult Hospital Patient” published by Handspring Publishing in 2021. Ms. Tague has published research and numerous articles that can be found in Massage Magazine, Journal for Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies, and Global Advances in Health & Medicine. 


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