Aging Tissues and Massage Therapy with Debra Curties

Friday, April 27, 2018
8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Approved for 7 Core Competency/Primary Credits
Course is limited to 32 participants

$249 +GST

$337 +GST

Fee includes: course handouts and lunch


In this first of Debra’s courses in the aging series, the focus is on the tissues. It begins with a short review of the components of the human cell and their normal functions before spending time defining aging, contemplating common theories about what causes the body to “age” and understanding age-driven changes at the tissue level. We will explore oxidative stress and glycation, as well as autophagy, apoptosis, inflammaging, senescence and homeostenosis, which may sound dry but are actually kind of fascinating and help us bring together a picture of how older tissues, even when healthy, differ from younger ones. We will look in particular at bones and muscles and the age-generated conditions (osteoporosis, sarcopenia) they undergo, then integrate what we’ve learned to consider frailty syndrome and falls. We will finish up with a pragmatic discussion of how the knowledgeable massage therapist plans and adapts treatment in relation to age-related changes in body tissues, and the cautions and red flags that need to be part of this clinical thought process.


– understand terminology related to the aging process such as oxidative stress, glycation, autophagy, apoptosis, inflammaging, senescence and homeostenosis.

– understand age-related conditions as they relate to the musculoskeletal system

– understand how to adapt and apply a massage therapy treatment plan in response to age related changes in the body

– understand cautions and red flags that are common throughout the aging process


Debra Curties, RMT

Debra Curties has been a massage therapist since graduating from Sutherland-Chan School in Toronto in 1984 and successfully completing registration requirements in Ontario and British Columbia. Prior to becoming a massage therapist, her work experiences included community work with homeless and troubled teenagers and instructing in Women’s Studies at the University of Toronto and York University. Her inclinations and interests found a natural integration in massage therapy education.

Debra has been teaching Pathology/Clinical Theory at Sutherland-Chan since 1987. She is currently also Sutherland-Chan’s Executive Director and a co-owner. Her love of teaching and the massage therapy profession have been reflected in many of the roles she has assumed in the past 25+ years, including president of the American Massage Therapy Association’s Council of Schools, trustee of the Massage Therapy Foundation and chair of the Leadership Development Committee of the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education. Debra has participated in numerous committees and projects on behalf of massage therapy education in Canada, for example, the committee that developed the original Ontario Core Curriculum Agreement, the expert panel that reviewed the CMTO Standards of Practice, the Ontario Tripartite Committee and the CMTA Accreditation Sub-Committee.

In demand as a continuing education presenter, Debra has taught workshops across North America. She is the author of two textbooks, Massage Therapy and Cancer and Breast Massage, the COPI Notebook Skin: A Manual Practitioner’s Overview of Functions and Common Disorders, and numerous articles in professional publications. She is also a founding owner of Curties- Overzet Publications.

Debra has been honoured as a recipient of the Ontario Massage Therapist Association’s Meritorious Service Award and the AMTA Council of Schools Meritorious Service Award.

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Cancellations made by March 26, 2018 receive a full refund. Cancellations made from March 27 – April 6, 2018 receive a 50% refund on the full cost of the course. No refunds will be given on cancellations made after April 6, 2018 at 4:30 pm