Oncology massage is designed specifically to the needs of people who are dealing with cancer. The main focus is to enhance healing while “doing no harm” to people whose bodies are dealing with lowered immune systems.
Enhance healing – Much more than a feel-good treat or relaxation technique, Oncology Massage Therapy can actually assist your body, mind and spirit in their constant pursuit of restoring you to health. By integrating Western and Eastern modalities of bodywork in order to address the symptoms of cancer, Oncology Massage Therapy can help boost the immune system, strengthen weakened body organs and systems, build up blood count, lessen depression, relieve insomnia, exhaustion and pain and enhance feeling of well-being.
“Do No Harm” ~ respects the limits of a body that may already be stressed by the disease. Your oncology massage therapist will honor the body’s healing process by modulating pressure levels and the length of the massage so as not to re-traumatize the body with too much or too deep work.
One of the common tests and treatments for cancer is removal of lymph nodes in the area of the cancer. Anyone who has ever had lymph nodes removed or radiated from the neck, armpit or groin is at risk for developing lymphedema. Because the lymph system has been compromised it no longer has the same capacity for transporting fluids through that area. This can cause back-up of fluid leading to swelling which may eventually become chronic. This is lymphedema, which is a life-long risk, no matter how much time passes after the lymph node removal.
Oncology Massage Therapy integrates safety protocols into all massages when lymph nodes have been compromised. Massage given by someone who does not know or utilize these protocols can actually cause lymphedema. For this reason, you should see only an experienced oncology massage therapist if you have had lymph nodes removed.
Most importantly, you will be met with love, respect and a recognition of who you are and what your own healing process is.
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