2020 Oncology Massage Healing Summit news
There is a new way that speakers can apply to share their information with Summit attendees in 2020. Thanks to our partners at Northwestern Health Sciences University, there is an online application formand the deadline has been extended. If you are interested, click on this link or copy and paste it into your web browser https://www.nwhealth.edu/oncology-massage-summit/speaker-application/speaker-application/.
We look forward to hearing from you.
A Call for Posters has been issued for presentation at the 2020 Oncology Massage Healing Summit. You are invited to present a poster of your recent research project related to oncology massage. We hope you will consider participating, as your presence will significantly add to the success of our poster sessions and contribute to the dissemination of research to massage practitioners. For the application, copy and paste this link into your web browser, https://forms.gle/6AyjrTELZ5SN6m18A, if you are interested.
Finally, the Cynthia Delano Myers Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to honor our esteemed colleague, Dr. Cynthia Myers who lost her life to cancer in 2008. The fund is intended to help massage therapists attend the biennial Oncology Massage Healing Summit. Full and partial scholarships are available. You must be a member of S4OM to apply. Particular preference is given to applications received from massage therapists who have chosen to focus (or plan to focus) their practice on work with clients affected by cancer. Copy and past this link into your web browser for the application https://forms.gle/M5pqVdSuJsU58tQ38.
Thank you for visiting our website. The Society of Oncology Massage Board of Directors invite you to explore the various tabs, links, and articles as you learn more about us and all that we have to offer. Our focus is primarly the education of massage therapists to provide safe massage for people at every stage of their cancer journey through our foundation and supplemental courses provided by S4OM Recognized Education Providers. Our locator service provides an easy way to find S4OM approved practitioners around the world. Our biannual Summit brings together the best of the best in Oncology Massage. Stay tuned for information to come about our gathering in April 2020!
In news about the Specialty Certification initiative with the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, the PILOT oncology massage certification exam continues while a S4OM task force works on a curriculum and the exam questions for a S4OM based specialty certification.
We now have an online version of the speaker application
and we'd like to share this link to it.
At the end of our time together then, a traditional blessing of the hands was offerred. Some attendees requested a copy of it, so here it is:
Blessing of the Hands
When we reach our hands out to provide care, to do our work as part of the care of others, we are saying to others, you are important to us, and you are cared for by the efforts of many who value you and your needs.
Holding your hands in front of you observe their appearance and think of all that you do with your hands each day which contributes to the needs of our patients and families physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Blessed be the works of your hands.
Blessed be these hands that have touched life.
Blessed be these hands that have nurtured creativity.
Blessed be these hands that have held pain.
Blessed be these hands that have embraced with compassion.
Blessed be these hands that have closed in anger.
Blessed be these hands that have planted new seeds.
Blessed be these hands that have carried out endless tasks as part of caring for our community.
Blessed be these hands that have reached out and been received.
Blessed be the hands that hold the promise of the future.
Blessed be the works of your hands.
– a prayer used in a liturgy for healthcare workers from the National Health Ministries of the Presbyterian Church USA, originally adapted from “In Praise of Hands” by Diann Neu, Waterwheel, Winter, 1989.
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