Oncology Massage... Answers for what you may be asking yourself


Oncology massage, What makes it different?
 
   Just as a traditional massage is tailored to a clients needs, so is oncology bodywork. When cancer is a part of one’s unique health history adaptations are and can be made with the following: 
  • session length,
  • pressure and pace applied
  • positioning with mindfulness of when there are specific areas of concern/compromise, (such as mediports, bone metastases, surgeries, skin reactions due to treatment, etc.)
  • Organs that have been compromised
  •  Keeping in mind, the short and long term effects of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery

     For those who are immunocompromised, special arrangements can most definitely be made. Please feel free to ask  when scheduling.
 
 Is it safe to get a massage
     The following is sourced from the Society for Oncology Massage. After a very thorough intake and history, Holly can reassure any lingering worries or questions with mindful competence. 
    
   “The short answer is, "Yes."  Even without knowing your specific situation, we can tell you that a properly trained oncology massage therapist can provide safe and effective massage for any person at any stage of their cancer journey:  during and after treatment, in remission, cure or at the end of life. 
Part of a complete understanding of oncology massage involves a shift in how we define "massage".  Many people think of massage as something that "has to hurt to be effective" or as something they have received, with some discomfort, after an injury or surgery.  Others think of some of the more vigorous forms of massage that get the most visibility in popular media.  When we are talking about massage in the oncology community it can mean anything from a very "normal" massage equally involving all of your body to very light, simple touch intended to help you reconnect with your body in a kind and healing way.  When we broaden the definition of  massage in this way we can easily say, "Yes, oncology massage is safe for you."
Oncology massage is available in many of the world’s leading cancer hospitals.  Oncology massage training addresses the full spectrum of cancer-related issues: the physical consequences of cancer, the side effects of various treatments, and the psycho-social and emotional considerations.  Your therapist will adapt his/her massage therapy techniques to your specific needs. In the words of one patient, oncology massage is like ‘a vacation from cancer.’ ”