What is it?
Oncology Massage is a massage technique that has been specifically developed and modified to safely treat cancer patients.
Oncology Massage Program
What is Oncology Massage?
Oncology Massage is a specific type of massage therapy designed to deliver a safe and therapeutic massage to clients with cancer and who may be undergoing treatment such as chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy.
Clients can expect a gentle and safe massage that has been modified from the traditional massage experience in order to accommodate the various symptoms of their disease and any side effects of the treatment.
Oncology Massage Training is a nationally and internationally accredited non-profit training organisation specializing in oncology massage. It provides therapists with awareness and expertise to modify and adjust a conventional massage for the client who has a history or diagnosis of cancer while being mindful of any other relevant medical conditions or issues. This ensures clients are treated safely and effectively.
Benefits of Oncology Massage
How is Oncology Massage beneficial?
Research1 has shown that Oncology Massage can improve the quality of life and assist with managing symptoms for people with a history or diagnosis of cancer.
- Pain control
- Fatigue management
- Anxiety reduction
- Nausea alleviation
- Depression management
- Other symptoms such as shortness of breath, memory problems, dry mouth and disturbed sleep may also be improved
1.(Cassileth and Vickers, 2004)
When working with clients whose bodies and immune systems are already compromised from the treatment of cancer, only Organic Almond Oil is used to avoid exposing the body to more biological strain.
What are people living with cancer saying about oncology massage?
(The following information is taken from the Society for Oncology Massage site)
For many people an oncology massage is their first massage. Most people find that massage provided by a trained therapist provides so much more than they expect.
"My therapist understands the difficult road of cancer and addresses the physical pain associated with the mental anguish."
"As soon as I had a surgery date, I started going in tighter and tighter circles. [Massage] was a big help in being relaxed, but ready when the day came."
"Massage has created an overall sense of well-being. I’m at h4eace with mastectomy and more at peace with my body image."
"After chemotherapy, I started receiving some gentle massage. I found I was able to care for my children rather than having to stay in bed for days."
"Massage helped me to accept the new me. I am alive, I am beautiful, scars and all."
Costs and enrolment
What will the consultation cost?
Wood Bay Natural Health are certified providers of Oncology Massage. Clare Brokenshire runs sessions at her Titirangi clinic and provides a home visit service for patients who are immobile (POA).
Active+ Albany has an onsite certified Oncology Massage therapist, Ash Walsh
Southern Cross Health Society’s “Wellbeing” health insurance policy includes a “Body Care” Module. This module permits members to claim up to $400 per year for Remedial Massage Therapy. Oncology Massage falls under this category. Please check your policy for details.
Oncology and Lymphoedema Massage
|| Bulk sessions
|Clare Brokenshire - Oncology Massage
||$500 for 5x sessions
|Ash Walsh - Oncology Massage
||$70 for 30 mins
||$360 for 6x 30 min sessions
|Ash Walsh - Lymphoedema Massage*
||$60 for 30 mins
Clare is a provider for Sweet Louise.
*for Lymphoedema massage, an initial session with the Senior Oncology and Lymphoedema Physiotherapist is required first
Gift vouchers are available to purchase from Wood Bay Natural Health and Active+ Albany. A voucher is a great gift for a friend or family member who could benefit from Oncology Massage.