Oncology massage is the modification of existing massage therapy treatments, which provide safe, gentle massage to support those living with the diagnosis of cancer, or the effects of treatment for cancer. Each session takes into consideration the individual diagnosis, treatment plan and current level of wellness.
These specialised massage treatments provide comfort and relief as people manage their experience with cancer. Treatments are completely suitable for those in active treatment, recovery, survivorship as well as those at end of life.
Oncology massage therapists have undergone specialised training, and have an informed understanding of the disease, the effects of cancer treatments and have the ability to safely modify massage techniques in order to adapt for these side effects, as well as the disease.
Review of the scientific literature indicates oncology massage helps improve quality of life. Benefits include improved relaxation, sleep, and immune function as well as relieving anxiety, pain, and fatigue. Oncology massage can relieve nausea or other symptoms such as pain or peripheral neuropathy experienced as through cancer treatments.
Oncology Massage techniques are also high suitable for those living with chronic pain, fragile health or degenerative diseases.