05/06/2019 9:30 am

Pain in Cancer Survivors 2-day Workshop with Dr. Carol Samuel.

Workshop hours and dates: 9.30am - 5.00pm Monday & Tuesday 6th & 7th May 2019.

Workshop Fee: $450.00 + GST.

Venue Location: 3263 Heather Street, Vancouver, B.C.

Dr. Carol Samuel is highly regarded in the field of reflexology and is the first person in the world to have achieved a PhD in ’Reflexology and Pain Management’.  She has gained awards from both the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) and the Association of Reflexologists (AoR) for Excellence in the field of Research.  In 2018 she was a finalist in the National Complementary Therapy Awards held by Chamberlain Dunn for the category of 'Pain management, injury prevention and rehabilitation'.


Nearly 1 in 2 Canadians is expected to be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetime.   In 2017 it was estimated there were 206,200 new cases and although an increasing number of Canadians are surviving at least five years past their diagnosis, Cancer continues to be the leading cause of death in Canada with about 1 in 4 expected to die from the disease.

Although survival rates are improving because of better screening, better management and more complex treatment regimes, a cancer diagnosis can mean coping with both physical and psychological symptoms after the end of active treatment.

This workshop addresses pain as one of the late and long-term consequences of cancer and its treatments.  We will look at some of the causes of pain in Cancer Survivors and review ways in which we can support our clients in pain with reflexology.


My post-doctoral research at the University of Surrey in the UK reviewed the confidence and perceived skills of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) practitioners in providing care and symptom management for those clients post cancer therapy.  It revealed the need for us to re-evaluate how we manage and support cancer survivors. 

This workshop will consider the pain associated with:

  • Chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy
  • Radiation toxicity induced pain
  • Persistent post-surgical pain
  • Pain as a consequence of Hormonal Therapy
  • How we can support clients in pain using a combination of reflexology techniques

All supporting materials are provided on the course and on completion you will receive a 'Certificate of Attendance' and two free foot charts.

Enrolment is limited to 20 participants and will be taken on a first come, first served basis.

Accredited by the Reflexology Association of Canada for 7.5 Continuing Education Credits in Category R (Reflexology).