Seminar Descriptions - 2013 Oncology Massage Healing Summit

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Keynote Address

Compassionate Presence

Frank Ostaseski
Explore the importance of compassion and its integral role in all healing. Compassion is that innate capacity that enables us to be open to suffering - to profoundly care without being overwhelmed. The beauty and function of compassion serves to establish a trustworthy connection, support mutual well-being, develops resilience and allow us to stay present in the territory of unanswerable questions.

In the relationship with those we serve, the practice of compassion is essential in the delivery of all effective treatments. Yet, rarely is it acknowledged as one our most available and effective resource - offering immeasurable value to all interventions. Without the presence of compassion, caregiving becomes a series of mechanical or technological efforts that exhaust everyone and heals no one.

Frank Ostaseski draws on 30 years of teaching mindfulness-based approaches to care to explore how to sustain the fearless receptivity of compassion and illustrate its impact on those facing serious or life threatening illness and loss.

Main Conference

Listed in alphabetical order.

Aromapsychology in Cancer Care: Evidence and Applications

Rhiannon (Harris) Lewis, FIFPA
The psycho-physiological benefits of essential oils are very well supported in the scientific literature and can be extremely effective for the person living with cancer, especially when presented as part of an integrative and multidisciplinary care approach. Explore the evidence as to how essential oils can support mood, cognition, behaviour and coping strategies at varying stages of the cancer journey.

Bowen Therapy: Myths, Miracles, and Cancer

Eleanor Oyston, CT (ASC), DipRM, Bowen Therapist, ATMS, BTFA, AAMT, AIMA
A ‘not just for Bowen therapists’ workshop. As an oncology massage therapist, you can use the principles taught in this workshop to enhance your holding techniques and understand the science of gentle touch.

Cadaver Lab

Kim Swineheart, DC
During this closed-circuit interactive session, you examine how cancer progresses in bodies and observe unaffected areas to help you come up with ideas and ways to help your clients live a pain-free life.

Cancer Care: Fascia, Adhesions and the Affects of Manual Therapy in Post-Treatment Oncology

Susan Chapelle, RMT
Learn post-surgical and post-treatment cancer care considerations for the manual therapist - based on current research in oncology and manual therapy. Examine neuropathies from radiation and chemotherapies, surgical techniques and post-surgical pathologies, as well as possible preventative treatments and timing of manual therapies.

Connections:  Hearing True Voices from the Healing Arts

Megan Cole
Re-connecting with the arts can help restore us to the kind of compassionate caring that is our birthright, but that can so easily become eroded by circumstance and routine. Megan Cole, a professional actor, will focus on a series of beautiful poems to illustrate how we can rediscover our natural empathy through the art of poetry. Hear and talk together about these true voices, which we remember are finally our own voices.

Creating Spaciousness, Connecting with Spirit and Creativity

Gayle MacDonald, MS, LMT
Spaciousness allows wisdom, play, inspiration and spiritual connection to emerge. Just as a painting is defined by the picture within and the space around it, so too is a bodywork session. But, we live in a culture in which emptiness, being and stillness are usurped by fullness, doing and outward movement.

Explore our relationship with empty space, rest and quiet in order that we might live more creatively, with balance and connection both as massage therapists and individuals.

Dispelling Myths, Teaching Truths, and Making Responsible Claims about the Effects of Oncology Massage

Tracy Walton, MS, NCTMB
As oncology massage therapy gains recognition, some of our beliefs about the effects of massage are under scrutiny. Many of our claims amount to lore or wishful thinking, with little supporting evidence, or even research to the contrary. These myths erode our credibility, detracting from the real value of oncology massage.

Learn about massage and “toxins,” cortisol, endorphins and immunity. Join a lively discussion to clarify our thinking and make more accurate, ethical and solid claims about our work. Enjoy Walton’s dose of humor and kindness in presenting this topic, along with her abiding reverence for the practice of skilled touch.

Lymphedema: An Evidence-Based Examination of the Disease, Client Profile and Gold Standard Therapy

Steve Norton, CDT certified Instructor, CLT-LANA
Find out how to clarify essential information while dispelling misinformation related to the typical lymphedema client. Discuss the anatomy, physiology and pathology related to the healthy and diseased lymphatic system to set the stage for further discussion and practical demonstration of evidence-based therapeutic intervention.

Explore, in detail, the gold standard method of therapy, Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) to appreciate how necessary it is to employ a comprehensive system for these complex patients.

Marketing for the Future of Oncology Massage 101

Lisa Faski, LMT
Join us for an interactive, discussion-oriented, hands-on workshop that focuses on marketing. After the lecture, break into groups and practice the three audience-ready presentations. You will go home with three working presentations to customize at will for different audiences and time frames.

Oncology Massage Case Study Panel

Wendy Miner, BA, LMT and Meg Robsahm, MEd, LMP, NCTMB
Learn from experts in oncology massage who share case studies highlighting clinical as well as professional and ethical issues that arise as we work in our various settings.

Opening Intuition: You as Your Most Valuable Resource

Lauren Muser Cates, CMT/LMT, NCTMB
Learn about the essential concepts behind intuition as it functions in our personal and professional lives as well as some of the common blocks to and assumptions about intuition.

Discuss the value and uses of integrated intuition and work with real practices that you can take away from class to cultivate deeper, more reliable relationships to your intuitive self. Discover practices based in kindness for self, stillness and softening our critical voice.

Strengthening the Mind and Spirit through Bodywork: Understanding Heart Chi

Isabel Adkins, BA, CMT, CMLDT
According to Chinese Medicine, the Heart Meridian is deeply connected to cognitive function, psychological states and how one relates to the mysteries of life. Our ability to think, feel and live with clarity and calmness is determined by Heart Chi.

Find out about acupressure points and gentle ways of meeting the body to address experiences including: chemo brain (such as mental confusion and memory loss), isolation, feeling at a loss, melancholia, insomnia, anxiety, loss that creates void, and difficulty with truth.

The Benefits and Needs of Mentoring and Supervision

Gayle MacDonald, MS, LMT
The infrastructure in the field of oncology massage is slowly developing. Regardless of our level of experience, we all need mentoring, supervision and coaching. There are a number of models used by other disciplines that can give us guidance as we search for a way that meets the needs of oncology massage professionals.

Learn how to focus on what you personally would like to receive and give within a mentoring/supervising relationship and start the discussion of how to meet those needs within our profession.

The Case for Case Reports: Planning and Conducting a Publishable Case Report

Martha Menard, PhD, CMT
Case reports are a valuable form of descriptive research. In this interactive workshop, you will bring an idea for a case report and work in small groups to develop it - and gain a better understanding of the basics needed to plan, conduct and write a case report for publication.

Discuss guidelines for obtaining informed consent, deciding on a study design and measurement tools. Learn about common problems in data collection and solutions. At the end of the workshop, you’ll leave with a detailed plan for developing your idea into a publishable case report.

Therapist on the Table: Life and Work after a Cancer Diagnosis

Christine Lambrechts, DipRM, OMT, CLT
What are the implications for life and returning to work when one, or someone close to us, is diagnosed with cancer? Discover lessons learned, strategies for self-care and practical applications to enhance our lives and our clinical practice from an oncology massage therapist who has been down that road. Also explore the formation of a support network.

Using a Decision Tree to Treat the Whole Person in Oncology Massage

Tracy Walton, MS, NCTMB
By working with medically complex conditions, oncology massage therapists encounter an enormous amount of health information. Even a single client presentation - signs, symptoms, cancer status, treatments, and the effects of cancer and cancer treatment - can be overwhelming. Be introduced to a visual “decision tree” for easy clinical problem solving, and a massage therapy pressure scale for charting and refining our massage contraindications.

With simple ways to sort information, and clear clinical decision-making steps, learn to move smoothly from the interview to the hands-on session. Along the way, discover how to highlight and attend to each client’s unique experience of cancer.


Clinical Applications of Essential Oils for Cancer Patients

Rhiannon (Harris) Lewis, FIFPA
When working in cancer and palliative care environments, we encounter patients with symptoms affecting their quality of life. Many of these symptoms respond positively to the judicious use of essential oils and related products. Thus it is no surprise that aromatherapy and massage are the two most demanded complementary therapies in these specialist environments.

Discuss the link between essential oil research to sound and effective practice, and to improving aromatic interventions when working with persons with cancer. As persons living with cancer are often more vulnerable than otherwise healthy individuals, we need to ensure that any aromatherapy interventions are both safe and effective. Learn the key aspects of safe practice.

Reflexology and Fascia: A Unique Approach to Support Well-Being

Maureen Fox, RGN, RCRT
Fascia is the gateway that connects our whole body. Learn to use a combination of reflexology, cranio-sacral therapy and intention to access the fascia in this hands-on workshop. These techniques will benefit your oncology clients, because the fascia is the least invasive - but most complete way - to communicate with the mind, body and spirit.

Surprise and Surrender: Balance and Self-Awareness in End of Life Care

Lauren Muser Cates, CMT/LMT, NCTMBz
Be  introduced to the role of “not knowing”, openness and self-care/self-kindness in caring for your clients at the end of life. Explore the ways in which our own assumptions about the value of expertise and about concepts of health and illness and the healthcare system can impede our ability to be truly present with people who are dying.

Learn to practice with stillness and inquiry and discover ways to cultivate access to and comfort with authenticity.  Explore mindfulness and softening of the divisions between our “work self” and our “personal self.”  Experiment with tools to support resiliency and self-awareness that can permeate all aspects of our lives.

Understanding and Support Energy Depletion with Eastern Bodywork 

Isabel Adkins, BA, CMT, CMLDT
Energy depletion is one of the symptoms that cancer clients suffer with and resent the most. The word "fatigue" is commonly used to describe conditions that are actually quite different from each other.

Develop an understanding of these differences from a Meridian perspective and learn ways to address lack of physical vitality, exhaustion, anemia, weakness in the limbs, tiredness associated with toxicity, and simply feeling the need for rest.

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