Seminar Descriptions - 2016 Oncology Massage Healing Summit

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Keynote Address

The Sensory Kaleidoscope in Oncology Care

Rhiannon Lewis, FIFPA, director, Essential Oil Resource Consultants (France) and editor, International Journal of Clinical Aromatherapy
Accompanying a person journeying with a life-limiting disease requires sensitivity to an ever-shifting panoply of emotional, physical and spiritual needs and challenges. This presentation explores taking a multisensory approach to care; thereby reuniting fragmented facets of the person’s reality and enabling them find sanctuary in their new place of balance. 

Palliative Care – Opening the Edges of Our Profession

Jack Blackburn, LMP, RC, MTS-SD
I have had the good fortune to give treatments and trainings in two different palliative care facilities in Japan. I have taught the staff how to work with presence and touch with dying patients as well as working with presence in support of one another. The biggest change for both patients and staff is the diminishment of fear. In both situations the receiver is interacting proprioceptively with the practitioner and becoming aware of his/her own influence on pain and tissue tonicity.

Main Conference

Listed in alphabetical order.

Application of Manual Lymph Drainage in the Management of Secondary Lymphedema of the Upper Extremity after Breast Cancer Treatment with Axillary Lymph Node Dissection

Marina Maduro, PT, DPT, WCC, CLT-LANA, MLD/CDT instructor, faculty, medical advisor and director of curriculum, Academy of Lymphatic Studies
Learn how MLD effects the management of a patient with a diagnosis of upper extremity secondary lymphedema after breast cancer surgery in Phase II of Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT). Understand the anatomy of the lymphatic system with the pathways and regions utilized for the treatment of an upper extremity lymphedema, including the phases of Complete Decongestive Therapy in a PowerPoint presentation style. We will demonstrate the steps to follow to perform an MLD treatment for a patient with this diagnosis.

Aromapsychology in Cancer Care: How Aromas Influence How We Think, Feel and Behave

Rhiannon Lewis, FIFPA
Explore the different ways that aromas affect the mind, body and emotions.  Also understand how, in the context of aromatherapy, aroma-alone strategies may be used to good effect in the oncology setting.  Review concrete examples of care, with tips and guidance as well as giving practical experience in the preparation and use of personalised aroma inhaler devices.

Bodywork as an Affirmation of Living in the Midst of Dying

Meg Robsahm, MEd, LMP, BCTMB
Explore the significance of bodywork for those in palliative stages; review common tasks of the dying; open our minds and hearts to how this work shapes us and find community in being present with each other.

Cadaver Lab Visual Dissection

Kim Swineheart, DC
Learn from the past. These individuals, who have donated their bodies to science,  give us the opportunity to see how cancer progresses in their bodies. During this closed-circuit interactive session, observe unaffected areas to help you come up with ideas and ways to help your clients live a pain-free life.

Creating Space: Addressing Scar Tissue and Shoulder Mechanics for the Breast Cancer Client – Manual Therapies and Axillary Coding

Jamie Elswick, BS, LMT, director of medical anatomy, University of Alaska, Anchorage
Gain the basic understanding of the effects of surgery and radiation on the tissues and how manual therapy can restore healthy function. Techniques from The Lauren Berry Method of Corrective Massage™ and other myofascial modalities are used to address the treated and compensatory areas of soft tissue affected by treatment. Manual therapies will focus on knowledge of anatomy and palpation. 

Bodywork done with precision and finesse negates the need for deeper pressure. This allows the therapist to work in a way that is respectful of the potential traumas held within the treated tissues, a compromised lymphatic system, post-surgical complications and the residual effects of radiation therapy. Learn through lecture, hands-on, and in-class demonstrations. Understand the research and hands-on applications of axillary cording and manual therapies.  

Ethics for Working with Cancer Patients and Their Caregivers

Laura Allen, BS, LMBT
In order to conduct your practice in an ethical manner, you need to maintain personal boundaries, as well as the boundaries of our clients. This can be a little trickier when your clients are people who are suffering from serious illness and their caregivers. Learn to feel more comfortable navigating the ethical waters of providing massage to cancer patients and others who are suffering serious illnesses, and those who are caring for them.

This presentation has been adapted from The Educated Heart and is based on the instructor’s personal experience of being a massage therapist and a cancer caregiver.

Get Your Grant On: Tips for Developing Successful Grant Proposals

Martha Brown Menard, PhD, LMT, director of Crocker Institute
This introductory workshop will cover basic information about the grant proposal process, where to look for funding, what funders look for in a proposal, and tips for creating a compelling proposal.   

Hospital Based Massage Therapy Program Panel Discussion

Tracy Walton, BS, NCTMB; Carolyn Tague, MA, CMT; Brianne Pinkson, LPN, LMT; Lucille Eddy
Our panel of experienced therapists will present and lead a discussion about current hospital massage programs.

Iris Cancer Partnership: A Journey around Scotland - Developing our Community Partnerships to Bring More Free Massage to People with Cancer

Maggi Scott
Learn the aims of Iris and the strategy we have used to build partnerships with key cancer support services throughout Scotland. Understand how the Iris Scottish Scoping Survey was planned and implemented .The development of the Iris Volunteer Massage Therapist Scheme will be explained too, with patient, staff and therapist stories from the first 18 months. The particular challenges in Scotland of rolling out cancer care massage in all areas of the country will also be considered.


Tracy Walton, MS, NCTMB
Seminar description forthcoming.

Music, Vibrations and Compassionate Connections

Amy Camie, spiritual harpist, recording artist
Enjoy this interactive and thought-provoking presentation demonstrating how vibrations within and around us impact our thoughts, emotions, relationships and health through the concepts of resonance, sympathetic vibration, forced resonance and entrainment.

Innovative research with Camie’s music illustrates the value of clear, heart-centered expression - and her personal journey with breast cancer offers a rare opportunity for the audience to gain insight from her unique perspective. You’ll walk away empowered with new ideas and tools to help you create compassionate connections within yourself and with others.

Oncology Aesthetics Massage: An Essential Pathway to Integrating Skin Care and Massage to Promote Optimal Health and Healing

Raj Anderson, BS, LMT, LME, BCTMB
Learn about the anatomy of the skin, integumentary system and function along with immunology and the pathology of skin disorders. Review the types of skin cancer, side-effects of cancer treatments to the skin, and the management and skin care treatments for challenged skin.

Oncology Clients at the Spa

Johnnette du Rand, CMT, BCTMB, S4OM
With the benefit of team support spas have a unique opportunity to extend oncology massage outreach further into their communities than independently practicing providers. Join this program to find out about the importance and how-to of uniform message sharing between spa therapists, coordinators, management and the public, spa service modifications tailor-made for oncology clients, and community outreach models that increase visibility.

Oncology Massage in the Hospital Setting In Australia - Clinical Practice And Research

Tania Shaw and Kate Butler, BA, COMT, DipRM, CLT, TAE
Australian OMTs are practicing in hospitals and medical centres around the country under a range of service delivery agreements. This comparative presentation will reveal some key themes in the establishment and sustainability of successful, secure relationships with medical facilities; and an overview of research projects both proposed and current. The presentation will highlight the challenges, and the essential importance of research to our industry, locally and internationally.

Oncology Rehabilitation: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach

Catherine Horst, PT, CertMDT, STAR/C, program coordinator of IPMR STAR Oncology Rehab and director of research and clinical innovation at IPMR; Mary Piefer, RN, LMT
The presentation will include a description of the following:

  • How implementation of a multi-disciplinary rehabilitation service line, such as the STAR Program, brings hope and recovery to survivors
  • Research regarding cancer rehabilitation and oncology massage
  • The specific clinical team members, including oncology massage, and their contribution to the care team
  • The challenges facing the survivor and the care team and possible resolutions
  • The benefits of oncology massage interventions and the clinician’s involvement as a team member
  • The opportunities for advancement of oncology rehabilitation

Palliative Care and Survivorship - The Role of The Australian Oncology Massage Therapist

Gillian Desreaux, DipRM, OMT, CLD, ISBT, ATMS; Anne-Marie Halligan 
The vast distances of the Australian continent have given its health care professionals multifactorial challenges when providing allied health and supportive care services to our diverse cultures. Australian OMTs have engaged the support of nationwide community service groups to promote Oncology Massage in their remote, rural and metropolitan communities. This presentation will enlighten, encourage and provide insight into the lessons learned by the Australian Oncology Massage Therapist.

Pediatric Oncology Massage: An Introduction

Integrative therapies are increasingly provided into mainstream cancer programs and centers. In the case of children facing cancer, massage and nurturing touch offer multiple benefits, including being a source of control and empowerment to a child during a time where they have very little choice about what they must endure. Pediatric massage therapy is one of the few interventions a child may be able to direct. The child decides when, how and even if they wish to massage.

During this session participants will review the most common types of childhood cancers and methods used to treat children with cancer. Research benefits that help reinforce the evidence informed practice of using massage therapy for pediatric clients will be discussed. Additionally, participants will learn, and practice, a hands-on protocol to be used with pediatric oncology clients.

Presencing Away the Fear

Jack Blackburn, LMT, RC, MTS-SD
Presencing self-care for caregivers - establishing an inner life as you walk through the doorways of somatic awareness. Your body is an instrument of perception. Develop first-person awareness of the connection between feeling or felt sense and direct physical changes. Share presence with other caregivers. 

Radical Bolstering: Taking the Work Out of Lying Down

Nanci Newton, LMT; Erika R. Slocum, LMT
In oncology massage we think about pain a lot. We try to address pain as much as we can in our sessions but sometimes this isn't enough. Over the years, we have come to believe that addressing pain starts even before we apply our oil or lotion to the body. It starts with meaningful and thoughtful positioning.

By using Tracy Walton's techniques, we have developed many bolstering tricks and tools that utilize items we already have in our offices or that you can easily find in someone's home. We will introduce some basic principles for bolstering which guide us in this creative exercise. We will teach you how to properly position a body and notice for imbalance, navigate around and support when there are medical devices present, how to safely maneuver someone on the table, and a little towel origami! We will demonstrate in the supine and side-lying positions and then let loose in a hands-on where we bolster each other and find our own ways of supporting the body while applying the principles. 

When we get the positioning right, the feedback we hear is tremendous. The best thing we hear is "oh my goodness, I don't hurt." As OMTs, we understand the depth and importance of those words. We believe that getting our clients in the right position on the table, supported well, is worth fighting for. Join us for some fun as we creatively fold, stuff and roll during this session!

Showing Up: A Suffering and Authenticity Throwdown

Lauren Muser Cates, CMT, S4OM
This seminar combines “lecture” with interactive exercises that will invite participants to explore the places in their work with oncology clients where they can more fully recognize the availability of joy and sorrow - and the ways in which the presence of these two and many other emotional components can come together to bring us to a place of resilience and authenticity that can sustain us for the long haul in this important work

The Visual Side of Marketing Massage Therapy

Ryan Hoyme, BCTM
Most of your future and current clients are on social media, and your business needs to be where they are. I will give you ideas of how to market your business on all the major social media networks, and all the tips and tricks to be seen.

What's in your Massage Products? A discussion of how creams, lotions, and extracts are made and what ingredients are in them

Dianna Dapkins, CMT, owner of Pure Pro
What’s in Your Massage Products? Discuss how creams, lotions and extracts are made and what ingredients are in them. Dianna Dapkins, muscular therapist and self-described "Ingredient Geek" will explain how the massage lotions and creams you use are actually made. She will answer questions about ingredients, allergy issues, contraindications, preservatives, and all things product related.

Post- Conference Workshops

Listed in alphabetical order.

Aromatic Pain Management in Cancer Care

Rhiannon Lewis, FIFPA
This one day class combines essential oil research with practitioner experience in working with the multifaceted experience of chronic, sub-acute and acute pain syndromes.

Improve your interventions with pain management and focus on pain experienced by individuals living with cancer.  Learn how the judicious use of selected essential oils coupled with a sensitive aromatherapy approach can often help clients to regain control over their experience of pain and address different aspects of what is now commonly known as “total pain”.

Creating Space: Addressing Scar Tissue and Shoulder Mechanics for the Breast Cancer Client

Jamie Elswick, BS, LMT, director of medical anatomy, University of Alaska, Anchorage 
Many breast cancer survivors experience pain, lymphedema, and shoulder dysfunction. Develop the basic understanding of the effects of surgery and radiation on the tissues and how manual therapy can restore healthy function. Techniques from The Lauren Berry Method of Corrective Massage™ and other myofascial modalities are used to address the treated and compensatory areas of soft tissue affected by treatment.

Manual therapies will focus on knowledge of anatomy and palpation. Bodywork done with precision and finesse negates the need for deeper pressure. This allows the therapist to work in a way that is respectful of the potential traumas held within the treated tissues, a compromised lymphatic system, post-surgical complications and the residual effects of radiation therapy. This course will include lecture, hands on, and in class demonstrations 

Bringing Presence into Our Work

Jack Blackburn, LMT, RC, MTS-SD 
When we share presence with clients they become less symptomatic and less fearful. Bodyworkers who develop an inner practice of presencing for themselves can open doors of healing for their patients. The dying process is greatly enhanced as we consciously relieve the process from fear. 

Pediatric Oncology Massage – Family Centered Care

Tina Allen, LMT, CPMMT, CPMT, CI
During this session participants will review the importance of using a family centered care approach when working with pediatric clients and their families, how best to interact with the child, their caregivers and the healthcare team.  Suggestions and ideas for addressing caregiver/parental stress, and techniques to involve the family in the massage therapy plan will be discussed and demonstrated.  Additionally, participants will learn, and practice, a hands-on protocol that can be shared with families.

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