Oncology Massage is beneficial for anyone going through cancer treatment. It can help in the weeks, months and even years after treatment.
If you or a loved one is suffering from:
- Difficulty sleeping
Oncology Massage can help!
A study conducted at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center suggested that patients who received massage therapy experienced reduced levels of the above symptoms even two days after the massage session. (Massage therapy for symptom control: outcome study at a major cancer center. Cassileth BR and Vickers AJ )
In the months following cancer treatment, many people report that their stress remains, even without the demands of treatment. They might feel anxious, have trouble sleeping, and feel stiff and sore. Massage therapy can be an important support, helping restore flexibility and fluid movement, aiding sleep, and reducing anxiety and stress.
What is an oncology massage session like?
The massage techniques are similar to classical Swedish massage, but adapted slightly for maximum benefit. Depending on your symptoms, the touch will be gentle or a bit stronger. At all times, sessions are relaxing and soothing.
Sessions last up to 60 minutes, depending on the particular needs of the client.
Special pillows and other gentle props are used to make you comfortable on the table or, if you are receiving massage in the home, on the bed or couch. I can work with any physical problem or limitation.
For oncology massage therapy sessions, you can choose to keep your clothing on, or remove it and be discreetly covered with a drape.
Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) can help alleviate swelling from cancer treatment. When an arm or a leg has developed lymphedema after surgery or radiation, I can safely, gently help to reduce the swelling by redirecting excess fluid toward intact lymphatic vessels.
You direct the massage session. Based on your symptoms or discomfort, we decide together which areas to work and which strokes to use.
An hour away from the stresses of treatment, and you can come out deeply relaxed, with renewed energy.
How can caregivers and families be benefit from massage?
Family and loved ones of people with cancer can be deeply affected by the experience. Providing for them is part of my oncology massage practice, and offers a welcome respite from some of the stresses of caregiving, such as fatigue, anxiety, feelings of helplessness, and lack of time for rest or self-care.
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