Massage for those suffering from cancer was long thought to be inappropriate and not safe.
Research has, however dispelled most of these myths and, thankfully, massage is being recognised for the potential benefits it may bestow on the recipient. These can include relaxation, sleep, and improved immune function as well as relieving anxiety, pain, fatigue and nausea.
Oncology massage therapists are trained to meet people where they are in their experience with cancer and apply a highly individualized massage treatment to comfort, nurture and support them in their process.
Oncology massage is an approach to massage therapy based in both compassion and specialized massage treatments to help people manage their experience with cancer.
The treatments are modified according to the full spectrum of cancer-related issues: the physical, psycho-social and emotional consequences of cancer. In addition, the person’s individual goals are considered and aspects of the disease and cancer treatment side effects.
Personal goals for receiving oncology massage can include the desire for a respite — a relaxing pleasurable experience in the midst of everything that is going on — relieving nausea or other symptoms such as pain or peripheral neuropathy and helping them get though the remainder of their cancer treatments.
I am a Certified Oncology Massage Therapist having completed an in-depth oncology massage course with Susan Findlay of the North London School of Sports Massage. You will find details of the Professional Register here: http://www.susanfindlay.co.uk/Oncology/Find-a-Therapist .
Please contact me to discuss your needs and how I might meet these – all I would ask is that you check with your oncologist beforehand to ensure they support your wish to receive oncology massage.