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DISCLAIMER

The Society for Oncology Massage offers a Therapist Locator to help you find a trained oncology massage therapist who can provide safe, effective massage therapy for people affected by cancer, which includes those in active treatment as well as those with a cancer treatment history.

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This list is offered for reference only. Although we do request that each Preferred Provider has met the standards listed above, S4OM is not responsible for quality of service or rates charged. As is true in all healthcare professions, practitioners vary in experience, expertise and skill. You are encouraged to inquire about training, background, fees for service and to verify any possible reimbursement through your insurance company prior to treatment. We strongly encourage, as we would with regard to any medical decision, that you research your options and ask your own questions before deciding on the best course of treatment for you. Please review our document ‘Is Your Therapist Trained?’ for a list of possible questions we suggest you ask a prospective therapist to ensure a good match.

The S4OM locator includes only massage therapists who have chosen to register with us as Preferred Providers. Each PP has submitted basic documentation that he/she has met the baseline requirements, including appropriate licensure/registration/certification to practice and the completion of a foundational course taught by one of S4OM's Recognized Education Providers. This list does not represent all massage therapists who are able to provide safe, effective massage therapy to people affected by cancer.

For more information, please read the guidelines and notices below

When a massage therapist is listed on our Locator it constitutes neither an accreditation/certification nor an endorsement by the Society for Oncology Massage.

Currently, there are no government-regulated national or international standards for oncology massage therapy practice or training courses. 

GUIDELINES

Since its creation in 2007, the Society for Oncology Massage has worked to establish and refine a baseline competency standard for massage therapists who want to work safely and effectively with people affected by cancer. These preliminary minimum standards are taught by a growing community of instructors around the world in what are called “Foundational Courses”. Qualifying instructors apply to the Society for Oncology Massage to become Recognized Education Providers (REPs). Massage therapists who have been in practice for at least one year who also complete a Foundational Course taught by a REP are eligible to register to be listed as a Preferred Providers (PP) with S4OM. All therapists listed on our Locator have met the following requirements:

  • Completed no less than 500 hours of massage therapy training, unrelated to oncology
  • If practicing in a regulated jurisdiction, therapist holds current credential in good standing
  • Completed no less than one foundational course taught by an REP (All foundational courses include both didactic and hands-on components addressing, but not limited to cancer, cancer treatment and its many affects as well as specific massage therapy adjustments related to the disease and its treatment. )

Any massage therapist who has not yet met the basic standards listed above is encouraged to become a Supporter of the Society as he/she works toward the basic requirements for listing as a PP. Please view the S4OM Position Paper on Basic Training Standards for more information.

S4OM is open to everyone who believes that oncology massage should be available to anyone who wants it worlwide.  To learn more about how to support S4OM today!

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