Education Descriptions and Full Agenda

All-Inclusive Pass and Educational Pass include

Friday, September 20, 2024

8:00am - 8:30am


Continental Breakfast

  • Sliced Seasonal Fruit

  • Assorted Muffins and Breakfast Pastries

  • Freshly Brewed Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee

  • Assorted Herbal Teas

  • Orange, Apple and Cranberry Juice

Friday, September 20, 2024

8:30am - 12:30pm

(choose one)


Lymph Whiz Kit - Megan Belanger

4 CEs

Join Megan Belanger in a high-energy overview of how the lymphatic system is built, how it works, and what can go wrong. We’ll take a closer look at the pathologies of lymphedema and lipedema as well as gold standard and up-and-coming treatments for these chronic diseases, we'll dive into exciting information on the neurolymphatics/glymphatics, and we’ll showcase some of the emerging education and research that’s happening in lymphatics and see where diagnostics and treatments are headed in the future. Lecture will be interspersed with Megan guiding students through two self-manual lymphatic drainage massage protocols, one for the central/neurolymphatics and one tailored for the extremities.

Sakinah Irizarry, Licensed Massage Therapist headshot. Sakinah is a black woman looking slightly to the left to face the camera.

Pregnancy Complications and Racial Disparities: A Closer Look - Sakinah Irizarry

4 CEs

Our discussion will delve into common pregnancy complications from preeclampsia to preterm birth. We will explore contributing biological factors, but also examine the stark racial disparities plaguing maternal health today.

Through critical analysis of research and reporting, we will identify systemic factors contributing to these inequalities, inform future discussions about equitable access to care, and explore ways in which massage therapy could help at-risk pregnant individuals.

Friday, September 20th

12:30pm - 1:30pm


Lunch Buffet

  • a cold lunch buffet

Friday, September 20th

1:30pm - 5:30pm

(choose one)


The Ethics of Solidarity: Seeing Yourself In Others to Provide the Best Possible Care - Kerry Jordan and Cal Cates

4 CEs

In this 4-hour course, Kerry Jordan and Cal Cates will take participants on a journey through their own minds with a focus on the parts that we all wish didn’t exist– the places where bias, “othering” and all of the things that continue to make us feel separate from each other live and grow.

The course will include exploration of the neurobiological realities of implicit bias, the importance of shifting from a perspective of cultural competency to one of cultural humility.

Kerry and Cal will then support participants in an exploration of specific issues that relate to the ethical care of members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Participants will be invited to engage with current events, with each other and with themselves through a series of small-group exercises and large-group discussions to develop a working understanding and specific skills of communication and perspective-taking that will support them in providing effective, equitable care to members of the LGBTQIA+ community.


Integrating Fascia Research into Clinical Practice- Cathy Ryan

4 CEs

Since 2007 the International Fascia Research Congress (IFRC) has filled a much-needed void in manual therapy research - enhancing our understanding of fascia’s functional role, the consequences of injury/dysfunction and how our work ... works.

This course will explore the fundamentals of current fascial foundational science, evidence informed clinical considerations and engage participants in knowledge translation for the purpose of facilitating better client outcomes.

Research serves its purpose best when put into action – so off the page and onto the table!

An afternoon snack will be served.

Friday, September 20th

7:00pm - whenever


Unofficial Punch Bowl Social Meetup

A casual event for those that want to do a little more socializing and connecting with Healwellians.

Punch Bowl Social is a nearby 3 floor venue with food, cocktails, table games, arcade games and more.

Saturday, September 21st

9:30am - 10:00am


Breakfast Buffet

  • Sliced seasonal fruit platter

  • Scrambled eggs

  • Breakfast meat

  • Home fried potatoes with peppers & onions

  • Southern biscuits with butter and preserve.

  • Brewed regular & decaffeinated coffee assorted herbal


  • Orange, apple, and cranberry juices

Saturday, September 21st

10:00am - 1:00pm


The Grand Noodle

Real Problems. Real Solutions. Real Fun.

3 CEs

Come have a think with people who fully intend to change the world and who already are.

We'll use a group collaborative format to unleash the wisdom, experience and passion of all attendees to explore the landscape, the challenges, the opportunities for the future of massage therapy through the lens of Healwell’s three pillars of service, education, and research.

And?...we’ll have so much fun doing it!

Saturday, September 21st

1:00pm - 2:15pm


Reunion Lunch

Connect with colleagues, fellow students, and other Healwellians you've met over the years. Tables will be designated based on specialties, previous classes, interests, etc.

Saturday, September 21st

2:15pm - 3:30pm


The Future is Bright!...And Bring A Flashlight

Closing Keynote with Cal Cates

1 CE

Healwell has seen some things in the 15 years since we began our work.

There has been a lot of change and also not so much. It’s a big world out there and the opportunities are many, if we know where to look and how to leverage our collective skill and experience to participate in the solutions to some of the most pressing health challenges facing our world.

Healwell’s Executive Director, Cal Cates, will share their perspective about the changing landscape of healthcare, population health, and the points of intersection for the massage therapy profession and workforce leaving attendees feeling empowered, inspired and connected to a promising future for massage therapists in healthcare.

Saturday, September 21st

6:00pm - 10:00pm


A Healwell Homecoming Dance!

A party for EVERYONE

The Homecoming dance is open to everyone, with a pass, so bring your friends, your roommates, your co-conspirators and your emotional support humans!

Dust off your dance shoes and be ready for lots of fun. There will also be a wine pull, raffle, and silent auction.

All are welcome!


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