oncology massage session is a comfort-oriented massage that is
customized and adapted with a variety of specialized techniques that
meets the needs of the individuals who are living with cancer. Special
modifications are made for each person and for each session.
It is gentle work that supports,
nourishes and strengthens the organs and the immune system in order to
safely address the symptoms and side effects associated with cancer and
its treatments, such as pain and anxiety.
Some benefits of oncology massage include:
- Improvement in pain levels
- Reduced nausea
- Reduced anxiety
- Improvement in overall fatigue
- Boosts immunity
- Positive self-image
- Reduction in swelling or edema
From the Society for Oncology Massage (S4OM) website:
"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, from those in active treatment
to those in recovery or survivorship, as well as those at the end of
life, are best served by a massage therapist who has received training
in oncology massage."
Many cancer treatments require immediate as well as
long-term massage modifications. An oncology massage therapist will
massage session to adapt for these considerations, as well as those
pertaining to the late effects of treatment and where applicable,
Massage adaptations are required for:
- Removal of lymph nodes
***Please print and obtain a doctor's release for massage therapy if you have undergone any cancer treatments within one year.
If you are interested in the wonderful benefits of oncology massage for a child please visit my Pediatric Massage page.