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Oncology Massage

Oncology massage is the modification of existing massage therapy techniques in order to safely work with complications of cancer and cancer treatment. 

What is Oncology Massage

An oncology massage is a client-specific, customized massage session designed to meet the unique and changing needs of someone in treatment for cancer or with a history of cancer treatment.

A safe massage plan generally revolves around the side effects (both short- and long-term) of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.

Anyone, whether they are in active cancer, recovery or survivorship , or at the end of life can benefit from the specific and gentle care of oncology massage

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What are the benefits

When you are receiving an oncology massage, you are receiving traditional, established massage therapy techniques that have been adapted to account for your unique health situation.  

The changes that might be made to a massage that make it an "oncology massage" can fall under any number of categories, but typically they will be related to session length, pressure, positioning and areas of specific compromise or concern.

Below are some of the reported benefits:

  • Deep relaxation

  • Reduced stress

  • Improving sleep

  • Reduced anxiety

  • Less nausea

  • Less pain

Some of the reported benefits post-surgery may include:

  • Reduced anxiety in advance of surgery

  • Easier recovery from anesthesia

  • Reduced post-surgical pain

Some of the reported benefits following chemotherapy or radiation may include:

  • Reduced anxiety in advance of and during treatment

  • Reduced post-treatment fatigue

  • Improved appetite


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