Under the Canopy – Oncology Massage

Oncology Massage    

Under the Canopy – Oncology Massage

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.

Benefits included:

1.(Cassileth and Vickers, 2004)

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.

"By touching a body, we touch every event it has experienced. For a few brief moments we hold all of a client's stories in our hands. We witness someone's experience of their own flesh, through some of the most powerful means possible : the contact of our hand, the acceptance of the body without judgement, and the occasional listening ear. With these gestures we reach across the isolation of the human experience and hold another person's legend" - Tracy Walton

Costs and enrolment

What will the consultation cost?
Initial consultation (60-75 min) $100.00 Follow up (45-60 min) $80.00

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.


Initial Consultation - 60/75mins

Follow Up Appointment - 45/60mins

Gift Vouchers Available

Evolve Massage - Michelle Stewart $100.00 $80.00 Yes

Gift vouchers are available to purchase from Evolve Therapeutic. This is a great gift for someone who would benefit from Oncology Massage or for the main caregiver/family to receive a relaxation massage.

Michelle is a Sweet Louise Provider.

Our team

Michelle Stewart

Michelle Stewart

Michelle Stewart is a registered Massage Therapist specialising in Oncology Massage.  She was a practicing physiotherapist for 10 years and worked within the DHB prior to having her children. As a community physiotherapist Michelle developed an interest in cancer care as she was often involved with clients within the community who needed assistance at home or were transitioning to hospice care.

Michelle is passionate about her work as an Oncology Massage therapist and she sees how gentle touch through massage can make a huge difference to her client's journey.  It has been an honour and privilege for her to be part of this. She has a strong association with the Aratika Cancer Trust, who run retreats twice a year and works at these retreats providing Oncology massage to participants. She works from her peaceful treatment room at home in Otumoetai and can also arrange home visits if needed.

Michelle is a Sweet Louise Provider.

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