Aging Series #3: Tissue Aging

    • Sunday
      April 30, 2017
      5:30 am - 1:30 pm
  • Max: 0 participants

Aging Series #3: Tissue Aging

In this third course in the aging series, the focus is on the tissues. We will begin with a review of the components of the human cell and their normal functions. Some time will be spent 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.


Debra Curties has been a massage therapist since 1984, and has taught pathology and clinical theory to students at Sutherland-Chan since 1987. She is also the school’s Executive Director and co-owner. Her love of teaching and of the massage profession have been reflected in the many roles she has assumed in the past 30+ years, from educator to author to leadership in various organizations. Debra has been teaching continuing education workshops across North America since 1998, and has lately been focused on developing courses that help the massage therapist understand and work with mood and sleep disorders and other brain-related conditions that are encountered in clinical practice. She is the recipient of meritorious service awards from the Ontario Massage Therapist Association and the AMTA Council of Schools.


Sutherland-Chan School
330 Dupont St, Suite 400, Toronto


3.25 credits (pending), Category A (CMTO)

Contact Person:

Robert Rodbourne
Phone: 416-924-1107 ext. 19