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What is Oncology Massage?

Oncology Massage is a gentle, mindful, intentioned massage technique that is adapted to safely meet the needs of those with cancer or have a history of cancer (it is also suitable for anyone experiencing chronic degenerative disease).

Oncology Massage has shown to support symptom management associated with cancer treatment (including chemotherapy, radiation & surgery), as well as enhance quality of life. more specifically, Oncology Massage can improve pain, fatigue, anxiety, nausea and depression.

Through intentioned gentle massage, the Relaxation Response is triggered within the body, which in turn supports the immune system.  This state of deep relaxation stimulates the production of immune cells helping to reduce inflammation and provide a defense against disease.  There is also a decrease in stress hormones, like cortisol which supresses the immune system.

When treating a person with cancer, or who has a history of cancer, it is important to assess their state of well being at every visit.  When feeling well a 1 hour treatment may be tolerable to the patient, but if experiencing considerable fatigue and/or nausea, a 20 minute treatment may be more appropriate.  

If necessary the Oncology Massage can be done fully clothed at times when the patient is very unwell, restricted in movment or feeling particularly sensitive.