“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

Massage and Cancer Webinar Series

Massage in Cancer Care: A 6-Part Webinar Series

In this webinar series, instructor Tracy Walton introduces essential oncology massage concepts. Consider recommending these presentations to clients, medical professionals, massage schools and others who would benefit from a deeper understanding of these crucial concepts. Or use them to sharpen your own understanding (and get some useful graphics).

Note: The Benjamin Institute hosts this webinar and contibutes a generous commission to S4OM on all webinars purchased through this page (at no cost to the purchaser). Please refer anyone who might benefit to this page.

Thank you for your support.


Thank you for telling your students, colleagues, other health care professionals, teachers and massage schools about this series. Even seasoned oncology massage therapists may want to view the webinars to see/hear the following:

  • reinforcement of important concepts from their training
  • an oncology massage research update, with clear explanations of key research concepts in pictures
  • some helpful diagrams in the "massage-won't-spread-cancer" argument
  • new approaches or perspectives in oncology massage
  • CE credits (NCB- and FL- approved)
  • more support for this sacred work in the world

Anyone may register for a single webinar or for the discounted series.  They will be available indefinitely for purchase on demand. The webinars come with full presentation notes and offer CEUs - there is a short quiz at the end of each and a printable certificate.


From the Benjamin Institute:

Massage in Cancer Care: A 6-Part Webinar Series

Click here to read about or register for the series of 6

1.  Cancer, Massage, and the Myth of MetastasisWhy Skilled Massage Won’t Spread Cancer

2.  Cancer, Massage, and Symptom Relief:What Does Research Tell Us about the Benefits of Massage?

3.  Cancer, Massage, and Safety  EssentialsHow is Oncology Massage Unique?

4.  Cancer, Massage, and Unstable TissuesHidden Contraindications

5.  Cancer, Massage, and the Vital Organ PrincipleMore Hidden Contraindications

6.  Cancer, Massage, and DetoxificationDoes Massage Have a Role, or Not?

In this 6-part webinar series, Tracy Walton provides an overview of the ways massage could benefit people with cancer, and provides an update of research on this topic.  You will clear up some sticking points, take a fresh look at the old myth that massage could spread cancer, and learn ways to re-educate and reassure people about this common concern.  Tracy highlights some of the safety essentials followed in oncology massage, and the standards of practice in the field.  She introduces resources and recommendations for further training, research, and information.  At the end of each presentation, she will answer questions submitted live by webinar participants.









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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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