“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
Thank you for visiting our website. The Society of Oncology Massage Board of Directors invite you to explore the various tabs, links, and articles as you learn more about us and all that we have to offer. Our focus is primarily the education of massage therapists to provide safe massage for people at every stage of their cancer journey through our foundation and supplemental courses provided by S4OM Recognized Education Providers. Our locator service provides an easy way to find S4OM approved practitioners around the world. Our biannual Summit brings together the best of the best in Oncology Massage.
In news about the Specialty Certification initiative with the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, the PILOT oncology massage certification exam continues while a S4OM task force works on a curriculum and the exam questions for a S4OM based specialty certification.
As we celebrated the new year for 2020 I’m sure none of us could imagine that by the summer we would be in the midst of a pandemic leading to the cancellation of our biannual Healing Summit; we would have lost the ability to provide massage therapy and that our country would be in the midst of civil and social unrest. Yet we are here together.
Our profession has survived numerous challenges and this year’s will hopefully become a memory of a time when our world faced a necessary and difficult shift.
As a board we are trying to work on projects that we hope will provide the organization with some renewed energy and expanded potential. These projects will ensure that we can provide our community with a wealth of resources and offer an opportunity that allows the world to understand and engage in our mission and in our purpose.
We have interesting and rejuvenating plans for our community in the pipeline. Keep posted for announcements regarding these promising offerings!
Ericka Clinton, President
At the end of our time together then, a traditional blessing of the hands was offered. Some attendees requested a copy of it, so here it is:
Blessing of the Hands
When we reach our hands out to provide care, to do our work as part of the care of others, we are saying to others, you are important to us, and you are cared for by the efforts of many who value you and your needs.
Holding your hands in front of you observe their appearance and think of all that you do with your hands each day which contributes to the needs of our patients and families physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Blessed be the works of your hands.
Blessed be these hands that have touched life.
Blessed be these hands that have nurtured creativity.
Blessed be these hands that have held pain.
Blessed be these hands that have embraced with compassion.
Blessed be these hands that have closed in anger.
Blessed be these hands that have planted new seeds.
Blessed be these hands that have carried out endless tasks as part of caring for our community.
Blessed be these hands that have reached out and been received.
Blessed be the hands that hold the promise of the future.
Blessed be the works of your hands.