Oncology massage is the adaption of massage therapy to safely nurture the body, mind and spirit of anyone diagnosed with cancer. (S4OM)
Existing massage therapy techniques are modified in order for the therapist to safely work with complications of cancer and cancer treatment. This massage therapy can be beneficial for anyone who has ever received cancer treatment, from those in active treatment to those in recovery or survivorship, as well as those at the end of life.
It is very important for the massage therapist who is treating a person with a history of cancer–either currently or in the past–to have specialized training in oncology massage, in addition to being a Registered Massage Therapist.
Massage involves the stroking, kneading or stretching of muscle groups. Evidence shows that massage can benefit many cancer patients as well as caregivers, both physically and emotionally.
Research suggests that stress-reduction programs tailored to the cancer setting, such as massage, may help patients cope with the side effects of treatment and improve quality of life after treatment. The use of massage therapy for cancer patients has become more common in recent years as a way to reduce pain, anxiety and nausea.
Society For Oncology Massage: www.s4om.org
Oncology Massage introduction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3knWAxIDu8&nohtml5=False