You may wish to know how oncology massage differs to other forms of massage.
Oncology Massage is relaxing and therapeutic but is modified for those who have cancer. Any modifications and considerations will depend on the type of cancer you have, the stage of treatment or recovery you are in and your current state of health. This means that I will look at ways to best support you and your comfort whether it be positioning, where I can safely work on the body, the length of the massage and the techniques I use to apply the massage. My aim is to provide you with a treatment that promotes relaxation and the reduction of stress on the mind and body without over taxing you.
It must be stated here that massage does not “treat” cancer. What it does is offer support and comfort within the framework and alongside any medical or non-medical treatment you have chosen. It can improve your sense of well-being, and help you cope better with the symptoms of the condition and treatments you may be undergoing.
Symptoms may include fatigue, nausea, anxiety and stress. Oncology massage aims to lessen these side effects also the effects of emotional trauma. There are of course the benefits obtained from the passive movement of massage even if you can’t exercise.
As a certified oncology massage therapist I am sincerely committed to providing you with the best quality and sensitive care. However, before making a decision to receive oncology massage, due to professional ethics and safeguarding, I would like you to discuss with your oncology team your intention of receiving massage and gain their consent.
I look forward to hearing from you.