Jessica Payton (l) and Janine Lowe (r)
Jessica Payton (left) of Cedartown provides therapeutic massage to Janine Lowe (right) of Dallas. Payton and Lowe are students in GNTC’s Neuromuscular Therapy program and they both participated in the Oncology Massage Therapy Clinic.


(Rome, Georgia) – Students from Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Neuromuscular Therapy program recently participated in an Oncology Massage Therapy Clinic to provide safe, effective treatment to cancer patients and people with cancer histories.


The Oncology Massage Therapy Clinic consisted of three days of training and one day of clinic. Therapists from Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, and Georgia participated in the clinic with the GNTC students.


“All of the patients had an individual oncology massage treatment plan based on their current cancer treatment or history,” said Bobby Lewis, director of the Neuromuscular Therapy program at GNTC.


Twenty cancer patients from the area volunteered to be a part of the clinic. Participating GNTC students included: Jessica Case, Demarcus Daniel, Trina Dean, Keysa Garrett, Janine Lowe, Yuri Padilla, Jessica Payton, and Ashley Teft.


The workshop provided 32 hours of oncology massage credits for participating licensed therapists. It was led by Massachusetts-based Tracy Walton and Associates, an industry leader in oncology massage, according to Lewis.


“In our industry, Tracy Walton has conducted the most research in that area,” said Lewis.


GNTC Neuromuscular Therapy student Jessica Payton of Cedartown is a Pilates, yoga, and Total Body Resistance Exercise (TRX) instructor and owns a studio in Rome called “Balanced Movement.” She plans to incorporate Neuromuscular Therapy into her treatment for people with pain using Pilates and yoga techniques as part of the treatment.


Payton says that the Oncology Massage Therapy Clinic opened her eyes to the different techniques that are used with cancer patients.


“You are focused on slowing down the patient’s system and bringing some relaxation and stress relief to the system and allowing them to be touched in a way that is not so invasive,” said Payton. “With massage we think of the deep tissue and you can’t do that with an oncology patient, you tend to use a much softer touch.”


GNTC’s Neuromuscular Therapy program plans to conduct another Oncology Massage Therapy Clinic in October. For more information, contact Lewis at (706) 295-6434 or via email at


Georgia Northwestern Technical College provides quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree, diploma, or a certificate in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 13,734 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,876 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,858 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.