“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



Recognized Education Provider Applications

 Initial Application

Initial Application: Multiple Instructors

Renewal Application

Renewal Application: Multiple Instructors

 Instructor Standards


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3 Year Initial REP Application


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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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