People often ask if massage is safe for cancer? And the short answer is “Yes.” Michelle is a trained oncology massage therapist and is able to provide you a safe and effective massage at any stage of the cancer journey: before, during and after treatment, in remission or at the end of life.
Oncology Massage may be quite different to your usual understanding and experience of massage. It offers a very gentle and simple form of touch with long, slow, soothing strokes and holds. This allows you connect with your body in a kind and healing way and people are often pleasantly surprised at the depth of the experience.
Michelle trained at Oncology Massage Training in Australia. Her training covered the full spectrum of cancer-related issues: the physical consequences of cancer, the side effects of various treatments and the emotional considerations involved.
Research has shown that Oncology Massage improves the quality of life for people with a history or diagnosis of cancer. It reduces the side effects experienced from conventional treatment of cancer and the symptons of the disease process itself (Cassileth and Vickers, 2004).
- Pain Improved 47%
- Fatigue Improved 42%
- Anxiety Improved 59%
- Nausea Improved 51%
- Depression Improved 48%
- Other (including shortness of breath, memory problems, dry mouth or disturbed sleep) improved 48%
Light touch massage was the most effective form of massage therapy offered in this study.
(Cassileth BR, Vickers AJ, 2004, Massage Therapy for Symptom Control: Outcome Study at a Major Cancer Centre, Journal of Pain and Sympton Management, 28:3:244-250)
For more information about massage for cancer please visit The Society for Oncology Massage