Massage Therapy / Oncology Massage Therapy
General Information about Massage Therapy
In all types of massage therapy, the intention is to relax the soft tissues, increase delivery of blood and oxygen to the massaged areas, warm them, and help the body to relax.
In a typical massage therapy session, the practitioner will discuss symptoms, medical history and the desired results. The practitioner generally performs some evaluation through touch before beginning the massage. Oil or powder help reduce friction on the skin and the therapist may use other aids, such as ice, heat, fragrances, or machines.
Massage may be found to bring relief from everyday aches, reduce stress, increase relaxation, address feelings of anxiety and tension, and aid general wellness. It can also be used in support of other therapies to assist in the rehabilitation of muscular injuries.
Choosing a practitioner
It is important to choose a qualified massage therapist who has undertaken all the necessary training to understand the theory and practice of massage therapy.
You can check whether a massage therapist is registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) by searching the register at www.cnhc.org.uk. By choosing massage therapists registered with the CNHC you can be confident that they are properly trained, qualified and insured.
You may wish to know how oncology massage differs to other forms of massage.
Oncology Massage is relaxing and therapeutic but is modified for those who have cancer. Any modifications and considerations will depend on the type of cancer you have, the stage of treatment or recovery you are in and your current state of health. This means that I will look at ways to best support you and your comfort whether it be positioning, where I can safely work on the body, the length of the massage and the techniques I use to apply the massage. My aim is to provide you with a treatment that promotes relaxation and the reduction of stress on the mind and body without over taxing you.
It must be stated here that massage does not “treat” cancer. What it does is offer support and comfort within the framework and alongside any medical or non-medical treatment you have chosen. It can improve your sense of well-being, and help you cope better with the symptoms of the condition and treatments you may be undergoing.
Symptoms may include fatigue, nausea, anxiety and stress. Oncology massage aims to lessen these side effects also the effects of emotional trauma. There are of course the benefits obtained from the passive movement of massage even if you can’t exercise.
As a certified oncology massage therapist I am sincerely committed to providing you with the best quality and sensitive care. However, before making a decision to receive oncology massage, due to professional ethics and safeguarding, I would like you to discuss with your oncology team your intention of receiving massage and gain their consent.
I look forward to hearing from you.