“Listening is a creative force. Something quite wonderful occurs when we are listened to fully. We expand, ideas come to life and grow, we remember who we are. Some speak of this force as a creative fountain within us that springs forth; others call it the inner spirit, intelligence, true self. Whatever this force is called, it shrivels up when we are not listened to and it thrives when we are.” —Kay Lindahl

When they asked him why he [agreed to receive massage], he said, “... because she looked at me, right in the eyes, and I thought maybe I was supposed to be touched today.”   -Meg Robsahm

“If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it's not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That's why it's your path.”   ― Joseph Campbell

"Touch was never meant to be a luxury. It is a basic human need. It is an action that validates life and gives hope to both the receiver and the giver. The healing of touch is reciprocal."  –Irene Smith

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”   ― Aristotle

"Wonder is almost always possible.  Control may not be."    -Arthur Frank, At the Will of the Body

"We can be highly therapeutic simply by showing up, leaning forward and listening attentively."  -Ira Byock, MD

"For fast-acting relief, try slowing down."  -Lily Tomlin

Welcome ~

The Society for Oncology Massage (S4OM) and the 2016 Conference Committee is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2016 Oncology Massage Healing Summit to be held April 22-24, 2016 at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN.

The Program Speaker Committee has been working over the past two years to bring you the best instructors and the most up to date information in oncology massage. There will be speakers from the United States, France, Scotland and Australia covering topics including lymphedema, pediatric oncology, essential oils and cancer care, oncology rehabilitation, research, ethics, music as healing, presence and many more.

Register now to network with other massage therapists and health care professionals and be inspired by this exceptional educational opportunity! See the full schedule of speakers and topics and register by going to http://www.nwhealth.edu/oncology-massage-summit/

Whether you’ve been personally diagnosed with cancer, are a survivor, a friend or family member, a medical professional, a massage therapist or someone affected in some other way by cancer, hopefully you will find things of interest and value within these pages of information. We invite you to explore and learn what we have to share. Thank you for visiting.

 S4OM is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization and gratefully appreciates any and all tax deductible donations.




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About Us

The Society for Oncology Massage (S4OM) exists to support and educate massage therapists, consumers, and health professionals about the value and specific considerations and applications of oncology massage.  When it comes to oncology massage we answer the questions, "What is it?"  "Why is it?" and "Where is it?".

Our Vision

To ease the journey through cancer

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

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