“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

Preferred Practitioner Applications

  • Listing in the S4OM Therapist Locator
  • Use of S4OM name, artwork, forms and marketing materials
  • Access to S4OM quarterly newsletter full of practice building ideas and information
  • Eligibility for reduced rates on S4OM online educational offerings
  • The status that accompanies an official affiliation with the international standard bearer of oncology massage practice and education...S4OM!  
S4OM's Preferred Practitioners are practicing massage therapists who have a working knowledge of cancer, its effects on the body and how current medical treatments can affect the client. With that knowledge, these practitioners modify standard massage practice to provide safe, effective massage therapy for people affected by cancer. They maintain private or group practices and/or practice in hospitals, clinics, hospices and other healthcare settings around the world.

Please follow the (5) Steps below

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Each S4OM Preferred Practitioner attests that he or she:

  1. Has satisfactorily completed a massage therapy training program of 500 hours or more.
  2. Is appropriately licensed as required by state and local laws.
  3. Maintains appropriate professional liability insurance.
  4. Has actively practiced massage therapy for at least one year at the time of Preferred Practitioner registration.
  5. Has satisfactorily completed an S4OM recognized "Foundational Course".
  6. Adheres to the S4OM Standards of Practice.
  7. Accurately maintains his or her record in the S4OM Therapist Locator Service, including total cumulative oncology massage hours, updating it not less than annually.
  8. Maintains access to an email account for both Society and massage client use.
  9. Login to the personal profile area and maintain the information listed in the S4OM Profile as being up to date and correct. 


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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