“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


  Recipients have been notified and
we look forward to welcoming them to the Summit  
The Cynthia Delano Myers Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to honor our esteemed colleague, Dr. Cynthia Myers who lost her life to cancer in 2008.
The fund is intended to help massage therapists attend the biennial Oncology Massage Healing Summit. Scholarship recipients are chosen by a committee of S4OM Summit volunteers and awarded to a selected number of qualifying applicants (worth $350.00 to cover the cost of the conference fee).

The scholarship is open to Preferred Practitioners, Educators, or Supporters of S4OM.

Particular preference is given to applications received from massage therapists who have chosen to focus (or plan to focus) their practice on work with clients affected by cancer.

While the recipients of the 2018 scholarships have already been notified of their selection, they will be available again in 2020. Keep the following in mind for then. The application process is easy. Simply cut and paste the questions below into a Word document and email the document to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

1) Are you a Preferred Practitioner, Educator, or Supporter of S4OM?
2) Is Oncology Massage your primary field of interest or would you like it to be?
3) Will financial circumstances prevent you from attending the S4OM Healing Summit without the award of a scholarship?


"Celebrating the Oncology Massage Community, Be Inspired and Make Connections", was the main theme of the 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.

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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