Oncology massage is gentle massage using adapted techniques to ensure that the massage is safe for people with a current or previous cancer diagnosis.
Massage is a complementary therapy which mean you can use it alongside your conventional medical treatment but never in place of - massage is not a treatment for cancer.
Can massage spread cancer?
For too long those being treated for cancer, or with a history of cancer, have been excluded from massage. However research shows that massage of muscle and soft tissue does not spread cancer cells around the body.
Adapted massage is perfectly safe but it is important to choose a therapist who has had training to understand the modifications and considerations.
Macmillan Cancer has this information on their website:
Massage therapists working with people with cancer must be properly trained and qualified. They should have some knowledge of cancer and its treatments
Some people worry that massage could cause cancer cells to spread to other parts of their body. Research has not found any evidence of this
What adaptations are needed
Depending on your diagnosis, treatment and current state of health, the massage can be adapted in a number of ways. Depending on energy levels you may need a shorter massage session, to lie or sit in a certain position with supports or there may be areas that cannot be massaged due to, for example, recent surgery, radiotherapy or areas of lymphedema.
I will always carry out a consultation prior to your massage, including any return visits, to fully understand your current circumstances and what you would like to get out of the massage so that it can be safely tailored to your needs.
The massage will be gentle, relaxing, slow and soothing and your wellbeing the utmost importance.
Benefits of massage
Studies have shown that massage may reduce:
Anxiety and depression
Massage has also been shown to aid improvements in:
Range of movement
Health of scar tissue
Quality of life
Clients report it has helped them with:
Feeling whole again
Ability to relax
Support to share feelings in an informal setting
Feel more positive about their body
Up to 30 minutes £30
Up to 60 minutes £40
Please note that the actual therapy time will be determined during your consultation based on the information you give about your current state of health and treatment.
To book your massage, please give me a call on 01259 809151 and I will be happy to chat about how I can help you.