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S4OM Conference | Oncology Massage Healing Summit | Bloomington, MN | April 22-24, 2016

Tina Allen | Society for Oncology Massage (S4OM) Conference | Northwestern Health Sciences University | 2016


Join Tina Allen for two special presentations & a post-conference workshop

Pediatric Oncology Massage: An Introduction

Friday | April 22 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm
* Saturday | April 23 | 10:30am – 12:00pm (repeat session)


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.



Post-Conference Workshop

Pediatric Oncology Massage – Family Centered Care

Sunday | April 24 | 8:00am – 3:00pm

Support in the form of massage and touch therapy can contribute to facilitating and improving care for children who are considered to be medically fragile.  The focus of this session is on how best massage therapists/healthcare providers can provide a gentle, compassionate and supportive role in the healthcare team surrounding a child through their healing, life limiting prognosis and end of life process.\

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.

Participants will explore the use of pediatric massage as a gentle, noninvasive therapy which aims to improve quality of life for the pediatric patient, as well as their family.   Included in the session will be discussions on the transition from the acute aggressive care model, palliative care and end of life care/hospice support. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of interdisciplinary teamwork and good communication.  The value of practitioner self care, and the critical role that is played in self care in order to provide best care for young clients.

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.



Registration & more information:

Northwestern Health Sciences University
2501 W. 84th St.
Bloomington, MN 55431

At the 2016 Oncology Massage Healing Summit, you will be inspired by many wonderful presenters from around the world.  Learn new techniques and network with colleagues.




Society for Oncology Massage (S4OM)About The Society for Oncology Massage (S4OM):

S4OM exists to support and educate massage therapists, consumers, and health professionals about the value and specific considerations and applications of oncology massage.

The S4OM Conference/2016 Oncology Massage Healing Summit is host to leading oncology massage presenters from around the world.

Our Mission

  • Support the safe delivery of massage to people who have been diagnosed with cancer
  • Promote an oncology massage education standard
  • Collaborate in research


Learn More at The Society for Oncology Massage (S4OM)


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