Oncology Massage Healing Summit

April 24-26, 2020
At the 2020 Oncology Massage Healing Summit, you will be inspired by many wonderful presenters from around the world while learning new techniques and networking with colleagues.
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Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington
3900 American Blvd W. (494 and France Ave)
Bloomington, MN 55437
Call 844-856-8554 by March 27, 2020 and mention
Oncology Massage Healing Summit reduced rate of $131 per night.
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Agenda / TopicsSpeakers
Friday: April 24th 

6:00 – 7:00 AM – Bloomington Hilton
Essential Motion – Awakening Your Vibrant Body – Stacey Schultz, MS, MPH

7:30 – 8:00 AM – Foyer
Registration/Check in/Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00 – Auditorium
Welcome, Conference Overview, Keynote Speaker Introduction – Erika Clinton

9:00 – 10:30 Auditorium
Massage as a Means of Comfort, Hope and Healing at the End of Life – Irene Smith

Irene Smith, CMP introduced massage into hospice care on the west coast in 1982 and has pioneered the service worldwide. In 2001 she founded and now directs Everloving, an educational outreach program based in San Francisco. She was the first National AIDS Memorial Grove’s inductee for AIDS service. In 2014, she received the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Massage Festival. For over 10 years, Irene served as a West Coast assistant to the late pioneering thanatologist, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, MD and currently serves on her Foundation Advisory Council.

10:30 – 11:00 – Foyer – Snack Break

11:00 – 12:30 Breakout Sessions (Choose One)

  • Pediatric Massage- Tina Allen
  • Oncology Massage Postsurgical Considerations – Fascial-Connective Tissue – Cathy Ryan
  • Medication and Massage – Diane Stewart and Kerry Jordan
  • Cancer and Aromatherapy – Pam Conrad
  • How Can My Client Stories Inform Massage For Cancer Practice, Education, And Research? – Nikki Munk

12:30 – 2:00 – Cafeteria – LUNCH

2:00 – 3:30 Breakout Session (Choose One)

  • Cadaver Lab -David Farrar
  • Notes from the Field – Panel
  • Oncopharmacology (Introduction level session) – Ruth Werner
  • Five Essential Acupressure Points – Cynthia Miller
  • A Combination of Unification: Scars and Lymphatics – Nancy Keeney Smith

3:30 – 4:00 – Foyer / Cafeteria -Snack Break

4:00 – 5:30 Breakout Sessions (Choose One)

  • Cadaver Lab -David Farrar
  • Pain Science: Key Concepts for Evidence-Informed Practice – Jason Erickson
  • Oncology Massage Postsurgical Considerations – Fascial-Connective Tissue – Cathy Ryan
  • Creating and Executing a Marketing Plan- Allissa Haines
  • Under Pressure? Working Deeply Without Deep Pressure – Nanci Newton and Cindy Gillan

Saturday, April 25th

6:00 – 7:00 AM – Bloomington Hilton
Essential Motion – Awakening Your Vibrant Body – Stacey Schultz, MS, MPH

7:30 – 8:00 AM – Foyer
Registration/Check in/Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00 Auditorium
Keynote Presentation – Stuart Pimsler Dance Company -Integrating the Arts into the Healing Environment

Stuart Pimsler and Suzanne Costello of Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theatre (SPDT) – Stuart and Suzanne have presented Arts and Health Programs worldwide for over two decades earning them the recognition of “Best Practices” by the National Endowment for the Arts. They will present their work with caregivers and highlight their highly successful project, LISTEN/Stories of Cancer told through movement, music and voice. The original performance work featured participants impacted by cancer performing alongside the SPDT company and was the subject of a Twin Cities PBS documentary.

10:00 – 10:30 Foyer / Cafeteria – Snack Break

10:30 – 12:00 Breakout Sessions (Choose One)

  • Pain Science: Key Concepts for Evidence-Informed Practice – Jason Erickson
  • The Evolution of Breast Cancer Surgery – Natasha Reuth
  • Caring for the Caregiver – Stuart Pimsler Dance Company
  • Oral Lymphatics – Michelle Burns

12:00 – 1:30 Cafeteria – Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 Breakout Sessions (Choose One)

  • Pediatric Massage – Tina Allen
  • Letting Go Into Love – Irene Smith
  • A Combination of Unification: Scars and Lymphatics – Nancy Keeney Smith
  • Hospital Based Competencies – Dale Healey, Carolyn Tague and MK Brennen

3:00 – 3:30 Foyer / Cafeteria – Snack Break

3:30 – 5:00 Breakout Sessions (Choose One)

  • Unpacking Current Massage-Related Cancer Research To Support Evidence Informed Practice – Ruth Werner and Nikki Munk
  • Five Essential Acupressure Points – Cynthia Miller
  • Preparing for the S4OM Certification – Gayle MacDonald
  • Unconscious Bias – Kerry Jordan
  • Oncology Sports Massage:  No Pain & All Gain – Nanci Newton and Cindy Gillan

5:15 – 5:45 Conference Closing Ceremony

Optional – Sunday, April 26th

8:00 – 3:00 – Touch Awareness and Everflowing Techniques for Working with Dying Patients – Irene Smith

Explore the foundations of our sense of touch through interactive exercises, as it applies to working with dying patients. Learn the Everflowing system for delivering massage at the bedside include positioning of the patient, body mechanics for the practitioner, verbal and hands-on cueing, and massage technique. Debriefing and Q&A are included. This workshop requests exposure of arms and legs.

8:00 – 3:00 – Intro to Dermoneuromodulation  – Jason Erickson

Dermoneuromodulation (DNM) provides an updated conceptual framework for you to better understand pain and how to alleviate it. Hands-on techniques focus on gentle skin stretching to stimulate non-nociceptive sensory pathways and trigger a down regulation of pain and neural sensitization. Learn simple methods for addressing common problem areas around the neck, shoulder, back, hips, and extremities. All hands-on techniques can be adapted for use with any form of manual therapy.

8:00 – 3:00 – Essential Steps to Building a Sustainable Massage Practice – Allissa Haines

Running a business has multiple layers, with many moving parts, and it all starts with a standard foundation. You may have alredy built some of that foundation, but left it unfinished as you try to juggle other tasks, On the other hand, you may have laid a great foundation, but have no idea what to do next. Alternatively, maybe you’ve found that your growth has plateaued. This class will help you work through the foundational layers and determine your options to help build your business. You’ll leave with a specific, customized to do list and the resources needed to fill your practice.

8:00 – 12:00 – Ethics in Oncology Massage and Hospice Care – Cindy Gillan and Nanci Newton

Unique ethical questions can come up in oncology massage, end of life care, and massage for anyone with serious illness. Often, we navigate these special circumstances alone. In this session, join a lively discussion of case studies and ethical dynamics. Together we will explore some challenging but rich territory.

Schedule is subject to change without notice