ONCOLOGY MASSAGE


Oncology massage is the modification of existing massage therapy techniques in order to safely work with complications of cancer and cancer treatment. 


Anyone who has ever received cancer treatment should receive massage from an Oncology Trained Massage Therapist. It is beneficial whether you are in active treatment, recent recovery, or long term survivorship. Clients at the end of life also enjoy relief from oncology massage.   


An Oncology Massage Therapist's skill set has several essential aspects. It is important to have an informed understanding of the disease itself and the many ways it can affect the human body. Oncology Massage Therapists must also be knowledgeable about the side effects of cancer treatments, such as medications, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Most important is the ability to modify massage techniques in order to adapt for these side effects, as well as for the disease.

We take into consideration:

Low blood cell counts

Removal of lymph nodes

Lymphedema

Bone metastases

Peripheral neuropathy

Radiation or surgery

Medications

Fatigue

Medical devices

Bone pain

Late effects of treatment

Blood clots

Reported massage benefits can include:

Reduced pain and fatigue

Decreased anxiety and nausea

Increased serotonin and dopamine levels in body (feel-good chemicals)

Improved sleep

Eased isolation

Enhanced body image

Greater sense of well-being

Immune system support

Peripheral neuropathy

Helps with low blood cell count side effects

Relieves bone pain

Helps with medication side effects

We recommend you start with shorter 60 min sessions to evaluate how your body is doing before moving on to longer sessions. 

If you are  a cancer survivor please go to the Forms page. Print the "Oncology Massage Intake" form. Please fill it out and bring it for your first appointment. That way, your session can start on time, as some of this medical history can take a while to fill out.

We may also require a "Physicians Release" form signed and handed in. You will get one of these at your first visit.

If you are a long-term survivor you may still be at risk for certain conditions including, but not limited to, Lymphedema, low blood cell count, and reduced lung capacity.

 

Please continue to consult with your primary health care provider. Do not use massage therapy to replace your regular medical care.

 

Massage is not a substitute for seeing your regular health care provider.

You are always welcome to Contact Us with any questions

We also have our new Blog up and running where we often post about Wellness, Oncology Massage and other Spa related subject​s

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