I was one of a lucky few who got to attend a three day course on treating connective tissue in breast cancer patients taught by Willem Fourie. This course provided me with more specific knowledge and alternate approaches for helping women with breast cancer.
As a Registered Massage Therapist I am required to take a certain number of continuing education hours every two years to maintain my professional standing. A practice I wholeheartedly support and enjoy. When this course was offered, even though I didn’t need all the credits, I leaped at the chance to attend.
Mr. Fourie is a physiotherapist from South Africa and a student of anatomy. He brought an enthusiasm and curiosity to the course that was wonderful. This was not a course full of recipes for treatment, this was a course about understanding. Understanding the structure of the body and what treatment for breast cancer does to that structure. He had brought many dissections that included intact connective tissue, something that is not usual in anatomy books, and ultrasound examinations of post-cancer treatment patients that were enlightening.
This excellent basis was then used to apply our skills in an intelligent, thoughtful way to create better function and ease for our patients. Though I learned few specific techniques in the class, the learning for me was in the specific knowledge about surgery – both tumour removal and reconstruction – that was presented, and the approaches and thought processes used.
Mr. Fourie has a great deal of respect for the human body, and for the human being within that body, which informs all of his approaches. I found his thinking very much in tune with what I try to bring to my work and welcomed the opportunity to work with other professionals in my industry that bring the same thoughtfulness to their work.
Mr. Fourie has participated as a presenter at both the fascial congresses that have happened and taught hundred of practitioners in the UK about his very successful approaches to breast cancer aftercare.
I thoroughly enjoyed this event and am already bringing some of the approaches into my practice – even on non-cancer patients. I look forward to bringing this enrichment of my skill set to more breast cancer patients in future.