It’s been a busy Spring, which is good for time in the treatment room, but not for writing. So much for my plans to write about general policies, some of the modalities I offer, or special events I’m excited about! I have time now, since I arrived early in Minnesota for the Society for Oncolgy Massage’s Healing Summit 2023. Oncology modifications are one of the things I’ve planned to write a bit about, so now seems like the perfect time to do that.
What is oncology massage?
It’s massage, provided by a massage therapist trained in the impact of cancer and cancer treatment, and how to adapt for current, short-term, long-term, and late-onset reactions.
Who can benefit?
Anyone with cancer (at any phase,) anyone who has had cancer treatment, and anyone with a loved one with cancer.
How is it different?
In the areas unaffected, it might be the same as regular massage. In areas affected (either regionally or for the entire body) it may involve lighter to no pressure, a slower pace, or special techniques like gentle acupressure or Manual Lymphatic Drainage. Positioning may be different, depending on your needs or preferences.
Why is it important?
Have you ever felt sore or tired after massage? Your body needed support, not demanding methods. Some treatments leave you at risk for side effects that might not appear for years (if at all.) A therapist with oncology massage training has been taught to adapt in the short and long term, to minimize risk, and to not overload affected areas. Whether you’re out there running marathons, or you’re fatigued by daily routine, I’ll adapt either the whole massage or just parts of it so you can keep doing what you’re doing, without making things worse.
Where can I get more information?
You can contact me directly for more information about my training and experience with oncology massage. You can also find information about the Society for Oncology Massage client resources here:
I’ll be in lectures, classes, and discussions throughout the weekend, so I might be slow to reply in the short term. I’ll be back in the office on April 26th, 2023, and hope to see you soon, for whatever kind of session is right for you.