Massage Therapy for Cancer

Oncology (or cancer) massage therapy is designed for the needs of those who are dealing with the physical and emotional effects of a cancer diagnosis and its treatments. It is a gentle, light-touch massage using various techniques depending on the individual needs. Existing massage techniques are modified in order to safely work with complications of cancer and cancer treatment. A massage from an oncology massage therapist offers patients an opportunity to experience your body in a positive mode at a time when you may feel overwhelmed by your cancer diagnosis and treatment regimen.

What are the benefits of oncology/cancer massage therapy?

Massage for cancer patients helps to integrate the mind, body, spirit and emotions through a calming and caring touch. Its profound effect on the patient releases endorphins that enhance the feelings of well-being and personal harmony and helps to improve one’s quality of life.

Oncology massage therapy can help lessen and manage cancer symptoms and side effects such as:

  • nausea or lack of appetite
  • diarrhea or constipation
  • insomnia or feeling of exhaustion
  • low blood counts
  • localized pain or effects of surgery
  • side effects from chemotherapy and radiation treatments
  • stress/anxiety, depression
  • fatigue, tension

Oncology massage can also help to:

  • boost your immune system
  • strengthen compromised body organs and systems
  • build up blood counts
  • improve sleep patterns, breathing, circulation, digestion
  • enhance your feelings of well-being

What types of oncology massage therapies are available?

Types of massage include but are not limited to: Swedish, Hand/Foot Reflexology, Reiki, Cranial Sacral, Chair Massage and more. Massage therapy may also include a light lotion application.