Oncology Massage and Skin Care
Oncology massage therapy is massage which is performed within a framework of safety protocols for those who are currently in treatment for or have a history of cancer. A diagnosis of cancer does not mean spa services like massages, facials and manicures are a thing of the past, but working with an oncology trained professional is extremely important. Cancer patients and survivors have unique requirements and sometimes challenges which, if not understood or respected can lead to potentially serious complications for the client.
Oncology massage has been shown to reduce anxiety, lower pain levels, and can lead to improved sleep and sense of body connection. Massage is about the power of touch, and the non-aggressive style of oncology massage leads to a relaxing, nurturing and safe experience for the receiver. Survivors as well can have long term side effects of treatments, including lymphedema, neuropathy and scars which also require a knowledgeable oncology therapist.
Oncology skin care, like massage, is performed within a framework of safety protocols. Cancer patients have unique changes to and issues with their skin that a trained oncology esthetician will understand and be able to safely address while providing a relaxing and rejuvenating facial experience. Oncology facials are relaxing and pampering treatments which can bring a boost in a sense of wellness and self confidence, while also working to improve dryness, dehydration, and other specific skin concerns experienced by cancer patients and survivors alike.
60 minute massage $75
90 minute massage $95
120 minute massage $130
60 Minute Facial $60
90 Minute Facial $85
Linda C. U rejuvenated my body & spirit! Thank U"
Fe D. "Feeling a lot better. Thanks for asking. The massage helped a LOT!"
Hilda P. "I feel good, skin feels fabulous. Wow the eye thingys really made a difference! No puffiness. Looks smooth..."
Read an excerpt from an article from the Cancer Care Centre in Australia
The short answer is “Nothing and Everything”!
“Nothing” – is the simple answer – because in its simplest form Oncology Massage is gentle massage – we use our hands on peoples’ bodies in a sequence and variety of techniques just as in any form of massage.
“Everything” is more complex.
One very significant difference is Oncology Massage is in no way habitual. Every client requires a massage tailor made to their unique physical experience in the present moment.
On a practical level Oncology Massage is different because the training (provided by the not-for-profit Oncology Massage Training) imparts specialised knowledge specific to cancer, its treatment and impact. This allows the therapists to confidently adapt and deal safely with the many and varied situations that may arise during the illness and its treatment, including lymphoedema, lowered blood counts, fatigue, nausea, anxiety, wound sites, and surgical devices such as catheters, ports and stoma bags. During the training, the principles of “do no harm” , “less is more” , “keep it simple” and “inch forward” are emphasised to the point where they become second nature.
Oncology Massage training teaches therapists to look holistically at a person and adapt literally moment by moment, to what they observe as they work with a patient/client. Emphasis is not placed on “fixing” something, it is place on being fully present with their patient/client for the duration of the treatment allowing them to feel safe and nurtured and giving the space to just “be”.
An analogy would be a piece of music, a duet, a harmony of two parts where at times the therapist initiates a sequence and the body responds, and at times the therapistis reponding to the body’s unspoken communication. When it flows the results can be both profound and subtle.
Recipients of Oncology Massage are often surprised by the depth of relaxation and other benefits such as improved energy levels and improved sleep and relief from nausea and pain – all gained through a deceptively simple massage. These observations are backed up by international research that reports a 47% improvement in pain levels, 42% improvement in fatigue levels, 59% improvement in anxiey levels, 51% improvment in nausea and 48% improvments in reports of depression. Other problems like shortness of breath, memory problems, dry mouth or disturbed sleep showed an overall improvement of 48% (Ref : Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, NY, 2004). If there was a drug which gave us all these results, wouldn’t we be hearing about it on the news?