“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 ~

We continue to celebrate our 2016 Summit but are looking ahead already.
Save the Date...2018 Oncology Massage Healing Summit - April 27 and 28!   
 The Summit Planning Committee has been busy putting together the plans for our next gathering.  The Summit will take place at Northwestern Health Sciences University of  in Bloomington, Minnesota. Please contact Summit co-chairs, Stacey Schultz and Julie Streeter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to volunteer at the Summit. We look forward to seeing you there!


"Celebrating the Oncology Massage Community, Be Inspired and Make Connections", was the main theme of the recent 2016 Oncology Massage Healing Summit  held at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN. 

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.

(please 'click' to hear more )          (Rhiannon Lewis - The sensory kaleidoscope in cancer care)   (Jack Blackburn - Left overs from Oncology Summit)

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2018 will bring another Healing Summit at Northwestern Health Science University in Bloomington, MN.

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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