Catheryn began as a yoga therapist working with clients diagnosed with cancer. Wanting to add compassionate and healing touch to her work she became a massage therapist in 2009. She started her career as an intern for a wellness clinic in Arlington Heights, IL who employed her fulltime at the end of her internship. Catheryn advanced her knowledge and skills by becoming certified in medical and orthopedic massage. During this time, Catheryn’s father suffered from renal cell carcinoma. She wanted to alleviate his discomfort with massage because she believed it would relax her father, reduce his anxiety and help him to sleep. However, she was taught, massage was contraindicated for people diagnosed with cancer.
It was previously believed massage spread cancer. Catheryn discovered a whole new area of massage when she received a postcard in the mail from Tracy Walton regarding her course, Oncology Massage Therapy: Caring for Clients with Cancer. Catheryn went on to take Gayle MacDonald’s: Massage for People living with Cancer and Massage in the Hospital Setting; a six-day hospital intensive with hands on experience.
Catheryn also had a grandmother, mother and several clients diagnosed with breast cancer and understood the importance of learning about lymphedema and getting trained in manual lymph drainage. In 2014, Catheryn became certified as a complete lymphedema therapist, gaining knowledge in complete decongestive therapy and manual lymph drainage (Vodder Technique).
Catheryn Murphy has over 1,100 hours in massage training and six years of massage experience. In addition to these trainings Catheryn took Yoga of Awareness for Cancer Professional Training at Duke Integrative Medicine. She is a member of Society for Oncology Massage (S4OM), Yoga Alliance and International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). In 2015 she moved to San Antonio and is now volunteering with Oncology Massage Alliance at the New Braunfels Cancer Care Center.