What is Oncology Massage?

bigstock-healthcare-and-medicine-concep-65243020-300x300 Oncology Massage is a specific type of massage therapy designed to deliver a safe and therapeutic massage to clients with cancer and who may be undergoing treatment such as chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy.

Clients can expect a gentle and safe massage that has been modified from the traditional massage experience in order to accommodate the various symptoms of their disease and any side effects of the treatment.

Oncology Massage Training is a nationally and internationally accredited non-profit training organisation specializing in oncology massage. It provides therapists with awareness and expertise to modify and adjust a conventional massage for the client who has a history or diagnosis of cancer while being mindful of any other relevant medical conditions or issues. This ensures clients are treated safely and effectively.

What makes Oncology massage DIFFERENT to a relaxation massage?

  • It is condition specific.
  • An understanding of the underlying disease process.
  • An understanding of treatment outcomes following surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.
  • Taking into consideration medical devices (PICC lines or portacath).
  • Management of scar tissue caused by either surgery or radiation, which I turn helps alleviate pain and assists in increasing Range of movement (ROM)¬†oncology massage takes into consideration if lymph nodes have been removed and therefore being mindful of direction of massage strokes.
  • Abdominal massage is very gentle and is of benefit to alleviate bowel discomfort following surgery or from medications eg pain relief meds. Abdominal massage may also aid in releasing fascia elsewhere in the body.
  • The massage can be delivered in whatever position the client feels most comfortable in ( so it does not have to be lying on front and back).
  • Research has shown that oncology massage can aid in the reduction of nausea, fatigue, anxiety and pain.
  • Oncology massage can be delivered at any stage (during treatment and after), the length of the massage may be adjusted to suit the client especially when severe fatigue and low energy is a factor.
  • Oncology massage is individualised to the clients needs and specific to their condition.
  • It is light touch that stimulates receptors in our fascia which can elicit the relaxation response.
  • Deep relaxation stimulates your “feel good” hormones – seratonin, anandamide.
  • Above all, oncology massage is a nurturing touch delivered in a safe environment with a massage therapist who has had specialist training in oncology massage.

Please refer to www.oncologymassagetraining.com.au for further information as well as to access the National Therapist listing for New Zealand.

Call today to book a session with Michelle on ph:0800 459 674 or m. 021 055 6395.