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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.   

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2020 Oncology Massage Healing Summit

Cancelled!

Pathways to Care: Expanding our Vision and Sharing our Stories

April 24-26, 2020

Northwestern Health Sciences University

Northwestern is NCBTMB approved provider #450464-07

 

At the end of our time together then, a traditional blessing of the hands was offered.  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.

Prayer
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.


Adapted from:
– 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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