Oncology Massage Essential aspects of an oncology massage therapist's skill set are an informed understanding of the disease itself and the many ways it can affect the human body; the side effects of cancer treatments, such as medications, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation; and the ability to modify massage techniques in order to adapt for these side effects, as well as for the disease.
Along with Oncology Massage, the session may include other modalities:
Biofield Energy Therapy A light-touch energy therapy often reduces stress, anxiety, depression, pain and inflammation, itching. It can increases lymph circulation, promotes wound healing, enhances the immune system, calms the nervous system to enhance balance.
Acupressure Using gentle to firm finger pressure to pressure points, when stimulated, they release muscular tension, promote circulation, and enhance the body’s life force.
Ortho-Bonomy Helps to break the cycle of pain – without creating pain. It is very gentle and effective for recovering from injuries, surgery and stress. It aids the recovery by reducing muscle tension, soothing the joints, increasing flexibility and range of movement, improving circulation and relaxing the entire body.
Mindfulness Techniques For deep relaxation, guided imagery and breath work are introduced for self care as well as to initiate a massage treatment.
The lotus flower blooms most beautifully from the deepest and thickest mud.”
ONCOLOGY MASSAGE FOR CANCER SUPPORT
Oncology Massage is an approach to massage therapy based in both compassion and specialized massage treatments to help people manage their experience with cancer.
Review of the scientific literature indicates oncology massage helps improve quality of life. Benefits include improved relaxation, sleep, and immune function as well as relieving anxiety, pain, fatigue and nausea. Oncology massage therapists are trained to meet people where they are in their experience with cancer and apply a highly individualized massage treatment to comfort, nurture and support them in their process.
The treatments are modified according to the full spectrum of cancer-related issues: the physical, psycho-social and emotional consequences of cancer. In addition, the person's individual goals are considered and aspects of the disease and cancer treatment side effects.
Personal goals for receiving oncology massage can include the desire for a respite -- a relaxing pleasurable experience in the midst of everything that is going on -- relieving nausea or other symptoms such as pain or peripheral neuropathy and helping them get though the remainder of their cancer treatments. *The University of Texas, Integrative Medicine Center
A Private Session is tailored to your individual needs. After an initial assessment, a treatment is offered through light, non-invasive touch in a quiet, peaceful setting, on a treatment table or sitting in a chair. A session can also take place in your hospital room before or after surgery. One Hour Treatment $75.00.
Insurance Coverage: Many insurance companies will cover the cost of oncology massage with authorization from your physician. Check with your insurance company to determine your coverage..
As a LMT and BioField Energy Therapist, Pam provided BioField Energy & Mind-Body Therapies for cancer patients at The Cancer Institute, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Washinton, DC from 2004 to 2013.
Proving Space to Relax and Heal
Each treatment considers patient care, conditions and symptoms of surgery, radiation and chemo therapy.
Pain Patterns Lymphodema
DVT Peripheral Neuropathy
Cancer patients who experience removal of lymph nodes, radiation and chemotherapy may experience stiffness of joints and inflammation to limbs. Often those who receive gentle oncology massage, energy therapy and acupressure after surgery found, over time, a greater range of motion and movement and reduced inflammation. And, although they were still at risk for lymphedema, they did not develop it.