Oncology massage utilizes an adaptation of massage therapy in order to safely support the body, mind and spirit of people being treated for cancer. An Oncology Massage Therapist has completed training addressing a spectrum of cancer-related issues: The physical consequences of cancer, the side effects of treatment, the psycho-social and emotional consequences. The therapist adapts techniques to work safely and effectively with people living with cancer.
Reiki treatment is another way to support wellness, and is more appropriate for clients who may not be able to receive gentle massage. Many clients choose to divide their treatment session, receiving both Reiki and Massage during their visit.
Benefits of Massage:
- Provides relaxation, reducing stress
- Reduces pain and swelling
- Boosts the immune system
- Creates a sense of well-being
- Prevents and reduces scar tissue
- Eases physical and emotional aspects of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery
- Improves joint mobility
- Reconnects you with your body
See also the Post-Surgical page in reference to post-Mastectomy and breast surgery massage and scar tissue healing.
See also the Manual Lymphatic Drainage page. MLD supports Lymphedema prevention and Lymphedema maintainance for those diagnosed with Lymphedema who have had Complete Decongestive Therapy with a Physical Therapist or Occupational Therapist.