SFH Oncology Massage-Certification Program


RMQ 31
ANQ 31
Australia: ATMS 31

Become Certified as an SFH Oncology Massage Therapist!

Fundamentals of Oncology Massage Level 1 (one day)

Join us for the Level 1 Fundamentals of Oncology Massage course, designed to help you overcome any fear or misunderstanding about providing massage therapy to individuals living with cancer or who have undergone cancer treatments.

After this course, you will have the following:

      • Acquire knowledge of biomedical cancer treatments and the adaptations to pressure, site, duration, and position necessary to offer safe massage
      • Enhanced critical thinking skills necessary to work with a client with cancer
      • A checklist of how to recognize lymphedema and when to refer out
      • Introductory knowledge of integrative cancer care.

Increasing rates of cancer and survivorship require knowledgeable and skilled healthcare practitioners who can safely work with people with cancer. Fundamentals of Oncology Massage Level 1 will give you the foundation to confidently support oncology patients and cancer survivors.

This course is a prerequisite to the 3-day Oncology Soft Tissue Manipulation Level 2 course. Once both levels and the exam have been completed, you will be an  SFH Oncology Massage Certified therapist.

Oncology Soft Tissue Manipulation Level 2 (three days)

Prerequisite for Level 2: Fundamentals of Oncology Massage Level 1

(Unless you have recently taken an oncology course or previously taken the Massage for people living with Cancer course)

Become proficient with the manipulation of soft tissues in patients affected by cancer. The Oncology Soft Tissue Manipulation course is a 3-day long course predominately hands-on. Based on Canadian Cancer Society standards, this highly anticipated course provides all Health Care providers with the knowledge and skills to safely and effectively provide soft tissue manipulation. Addressing the fear and misunderstanding of providing soft tissue manipulation to individuals who have had a cancer diagnosis, participants will gain insight into the mechanism behind cancer spread and how, with proper assessment and adaptations, muscle and joint manipulations can be very beneficial to this population.   Scars that result from surgical incisions, medical devices (eg. drains inserted after surgery) as well as the broader tissue damage/scarring caused by radiation treatment will be addressed, and you will learn how to assess a scar based on stages of healing and, with that information, how to best treat scars. The surgical scar portion of the course will be very detailed.


Not sure if this course is for you? Our instructor has a series of podcasts that may help you decide if this is the right course for you! Check them out below.

Integrative Oncology Talk: Oncology Massage on Apple Podcasts

Beyond ”It Depends:” Oncology Massage (with Janet Penny, Rebecca Sturgeon, and Loretta Luchau) (thethinkingpractitioner.com)

Podcast episode 12: Oncology massage safety and considerations – Massage Therapy CanadaMassage Therapy Canada

Becoming Certified

  • Exam: Within three days of course completion, Seminars for Health will send students an email with a link to access the online exam. You will have 14 days of access to complete your exam, starting when you sign up. Upon passing (>70%),  log in to your online account to obtain your certificate. To view the digital certificate, navigate to your online account.
  • Remember to submit your certificate to receive credit for the course.

SFH Certification requirements  

  • Students must be present for the whole duration of the course length to become certified.  
  • Students must participate and safely execute all hands-on components of the course.  
  • Students must pass the final written exam. 

Please note that the instructors can ask the students to execute any hands-on component at any time. Refusal will deny you from the exam process and your certification.  

SFH instructors can refuse students from writing the final exam if they feel that the participant cannot safely perform the material despite adequate training.  

Looking for CEUs only

You can still receive your credits if you choose not to become certified. 

Who qualifies to take this course?

All healthcare providers who work directly with oncology patients are welcome to take this course. Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Nursing staff, Massage Therapists, Acupuncturists, Athletic therapists, Manual Osteopaths, Osteopaths, Myotherapists, and Kinesiologists.

2nd Year Massage Therapy students who have completed Pathology are welcome.

Canada-Alberta Job Grant

Eligible employers can get government funding to help employees (Massage Therapists) access continuing education training.

This program can pay 2/3rds of the training cost for any of our courses that are three days in length. The employer of the therapist pays 1/3rd of the course cost.

Business owners (incorporated, unincorporated, sole-proprietor, partnerships) with four or fewer employees, including all owners, are eligible to receive the funding.

Take advantage of this excellent opportunity to save money on some of our most popular courses.

Eligible courses that have 21 hrs of in-class training.

SFH Orthopedic Massage

SFH Kinetic Massage

SFH Oncology Massage

Application criteria

Adding more than one in-person course is also accepted as long as there is a minimum of 21 hr of training. However, there is no limit to how many classes you apply for the grant, as long as there is only one government application and one Seminars for Health invoice.

Click the links below to find out more!

Canada-Alberta Job Grant | Alberta.ca

Canada Alberta Job Grant Applicant Guide

Benefits of being an SFH Certified Therapist

Proof that you have understood the course content to the level where SFH is confident that you can safely incorporate their teachings into your practice.

It gives you complete confidence that you understand the material to put it into your practice safely.

Proudly promote to your clientele that you are officially SFH certified.

Proficiency in your peers.

Copyright Policy 

This course contains proprietary information. None of the material in this course may be used without the explicit consent of Seminars for Health. Including paraphrasing or altered versions. Canadian copyright laws protect all Seminars for Health content. In addition, Seminars for Health reserves the right to pursue legal action against any illegal distributions or presentations of any of the items listed above.  

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I attended the Oncology Soft Tissue Manipulation Level 2 course in March 2020. It is a course that every massage therapist should take as 1 in 2 people are diagnosed with cancer sometime in their life. I wanted to be certified because I want to be able to continue treating all my clients in the event that they have cancer and know when to refer out. The course gave me the confidence to treat clients and the knowledge of what further information I need to collect to best treat clients safely. I appreciate the opportunity to practice the health intake process. I have used the information that I have gained in the course already in practice. The course has made me a more rounded, better therapist. There are principles that I have incorporated within my regular, non-oncology clientele. My regular clients have stated that how much more relaxed they have felt. The instructor Shirley is very approachable and knowledgeable about the subject. She made the content easy to understand. I no longer feel intimidated to help clients who have or have had cancer. Thanks, SFH and Shirley!


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