Jacqui Beutel from Lymphoedema Therapy, Training & Education is a qualified decongestive lymphatic therapist offering compression bandaging, compression garment fitting, manual lymphatic drainage and education on activity modification for lymphoedema and lipoedema clients. She also specialises in Oncology Massage and Remedial Massage. Jacqui has been a keynote speaker on the management of lymphoedema and lipoedema at several conferences and is available for educational sessions for your group.
My career change came after a long history of working in executive medical administration in both the public and private sector with a strong organisational skill set seeing me organising medical conferences and events and as secretariat for 20+ meetings some months, plus all the other “admin” tasks.
A lot of this time was working around cancer services. I felt there had to be more for the patient going through such a life-altering and devastating experience than doctor’s appointments, tests, surgery, financial difficulties and everybody around them getting on with their own lives while their’s was hanging in the balance, and seemingly at the mercy of the medical world. The impact on friends and family, with them not knowing how to respond in word or touch and then there were those with nobody at all for support.
I needed a change and this was the perfect next step for me…..
When a close friend of mine was hospitalised, diagnosed with throat and lung cancer I would visit her and comfort her by carefully and gently placing my hands on her arms, legs, hands, shoulders and forehead, letting the warmth of my hands mold into her body. A process I was later to learn is known as ‘holds’. This experience led me to explore massage and other supportive treatments for people suffering with cancer.
My Passion for Health
Over the years my motivation to increase my knowledge in wellbeing and complementary healthcare has given me the opportunity to complete an extensive range of qualifications that all interlink. I am qualified in Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy, Remedial Massage, Oncology Massage, Lymphoedema and Lipoedema Management, Compression Garment fitting (sleeves, stockings, custom made, ready to wear), Compression Bandaging, Manual Lymphatic Drainage.
I am passionate about the correct assessment of each client and the delivery of evidence-based treatment. My years of dedication to these fields has resulted in me becoming an industry leader in lymphoedema and lipoedema management.
Training and Teaching
I share my time now between teaching the Diploma of Remedial Massage, running courses ranging from information sessions to a 6-day intensive course. In between times, I run a busy part-time private practice in Brisbane specialising in lymphoedema, lipoedema and oncology massage which keeps me industry registered, skills current and fulfills my need to help others. My thirst for knowledge has me continually studying so I can keep abreast of the latest evidence-based research.
I often speak at community groups and conferences on “Lymphoedema” and “Lipoedema” and was recently an international speaker for the World Breast Cancer Summit. I am passionate about education and being able to empower my clients with things they can do at home to help themselves. But most of all, I love teaching others what’s not written in the books.
As a therapist, one of my most memorable experiences is working as a volunteer for Little Haven Palliative, donating my time one morning a week to massage oncology patients and their carer’s. Massage has also surprised me in many ways over the years. The one thing I didn’t expect to gain from my massage career is the profound difference that can be made to someone’s life through skillful touch.
As a trainer, my focus is on getting my student’s industry ready, providing them with evidence-based material, and encouraging them to think laterally to achieve the best outcome for their clients. I reiterate the importance of remaining client focused through professional consultation and follow up and maintaining industry standards through continued education.
I look forward to seeing you in one of my classes to teach you techniques and sequences you can use that will change the way you practice. Sharing methods you can use to liaise with other health professionals will help you build your business and credibility in the world of “lymphoedema” and “lipoedema”.
- Lecturer, Casley-Smith International (Aust) Module A
- Decongestive LymphaticTherapist (Casley-Smith)
- Diploma Remedial Massage
- Cert Oncology Massage Therapy Level 2
- Cert Senior First Aid and CPR
- TAE 40116
- Cert IV in Business Administration
The Many Benefits of Massage
There are many ways in which the benefits of massage can improve the quality of your life. Peer-reviewed medical research has shown that the benefits of massage include: pain relief, reduced anxiety and depression and reduced blood pressure. The release of endorphins and serotonin can: prevent fibrosis or scar tissue, increase the flow of lymph, and improve sleep.
Relief from pain due to musculoskeletal injuries and other causes is one of the other major benefits of massage. It can also relieve tension headaches.
Massage stimulates the immune system by increasing blood flow and lymph drainage. It improves circulation and relieves congestion in the tissues. It stimulates the production of blood cells and promotes lymph flow which hastens the elimination of cellular wastes. It helps clear muscles of lactic and uric acid that build up during exercise and relaxes muscle hypertonicity as well as relieves muscle tension.
Benefits of massage also include improving muscle tone and delaying muscle atrophy resulting from inactivity. Deep massage can separate fascial fibres, and prevent the formation of adhesions and helps with reduction of inflammation and oedema in joints and soft tissue. Massage stimulates increased proprieties and kinesthetic awareness of the body.
Massage assists the body’s natural ability to heal itself. It relaxes and tones the muscles preventing injuries, increases circulation and therefore improves the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to all body cells.
Sourced from The Australian Association of Massage Therapists