Oncology massage is the adaptation of massage to safely nuture body, mind and spirit of anyone who is dealing with cancer or the effects of cancer treatment. We believe massage/bodywork is a wellness activity.
Massage is safe for anyone dealing with cancer, provided appropriate adaptations are respected and the therapist has completed specialized training to be knowledgeable to these adaptations. This we have accomplished at Skilled Touch Massage & Bodywork! Our massage therapists have completed extensive certification and training, specific to this population. We are excited to be able offer this service!
Stress makes every unpleasant aspect of the cancer journey even worse. Massage, meditation, and visualization are commonly suggested to assist to difffuse stress. Of the three, massage therapy is the most accessible for most people, as it requires little self discipline and is easily accomplished ~ even if the client is experiencing great distress. Massage therapy has both immediate and long lasting results. We can work with your Oncologist to provide this needed support your body requires throughout this journey.
Multiple studies now link gentle, noninvasive massage therapy for people dealing with cancer with significant reductions in pain, fatigue, nausea, depression and anxiety. These studies support improvements in some (or all!) of these symptoms by unexplained mechanisms ~ following massage interventions. It is probable to expect that research will eventually establish that the missing link between massage and improvements in cancer symptoms to be stress reduction. Having cancer continues to be one of life's most stressful experiences. For many people, integrating massage therapy in to their regime is the specific antidote for stress relief. Thus, for many people, massage does reduce symptoms experienced during cancer treatment.
During treatment for cancer, your body becomes 'in demand' for many types of interaction. Most of these interactions are of a not-so-pleasant nature. As humans, we require positive interactions of touch to promote a positive state of well being. Often times, as a massage therapist, we are told by our clients how much they look forward to this positive touch interaction to ground them back to the whole person they had lost touch of, as a result of treatment!
Talk to your doctor about adding this specific type of bodywork to your treatment agenda. Massage/bodywork is a wellness activity!