Oncology massage is based on compassion and modification of massage treatments to help people dealing with cancer. This type of massage can help to manage physical and emotional symptoms that are often experienced by cancer patients. With the proper knowledge and expertise, massage therapists and healthcare professionals can safely use touch to soothe pain, discomfort and anxiety.
Research has shown that oncology massage helps to improve quality of life. Massage therapy benefits may include improved relaxation, sleep, and immune function. Massage also helps to relieve anxiety, pain, fatigue and nausea.
When working with a client who has cancer, it is imperative to develop a highly individualized massage treatment plan. This will help to best meet the client’s current needs at the point they are at in their cancer treatment, and will help to comfort, nurture and support them in their process.
Massage therapy treatments need to be modified to address the array of cancer-related issues that the client may be currently experiencing. This includes addressing the client’s physical, psychosocial and emotional needs in regards to cancer. Therapy also addresses the discomfort that is frequently experienced from cancer treatment side effects and medications.
Relaxation is just one of the many benefits that cancer clients seek when scheduling massage therapy sessions. A massage session can provide much needed respite and relief from the daily struggles with cancer, as well as help to relieve pain and nausea.
Specialized training in oncology massage is a necessity when working with cancer patients. Massage therapists need to also coordinate the therapy with the supervision of the client’s medical doctor/treatment team to ensure that massage is safe at the point in cancer treatment and that no serious side effects are experienced as a result of massage.
We are holding an Oncology Massage class April 17 from 9:30am-4pm. Learn contraindications, indications, precautions and benefits of working with cancer patients, as well as what effects massage can have in their healing journey.
Oncology massage is based on compassion and modification of massage treatments to help people dealing with cancer. With the proper knowledge and expertise, massage therapists and healthcare professionals can safely use touch to soothe pain, discomfort and anxiety.
Please contact us for more information or to register for this class.