What is Oncology Massage?
An Oncology Massage is a safe form of massage therapy that is customized to meet the needs of a person who is currently going through cancer treatment, or has a cancer history. The therapist uses light touch and slow, steady movements, working with the central nervous system to help the body and the mind relax. The massage is adapted to the client’s unique state of health.
Various medical research studies have shown that massage therapy, may help you with treatment symptoms such as pain, and also indicates that it helps improve the quality of life*.
Massage Therapy Benefits for Cancer Patients:
- Promotes relaxation
- Reduces pain
- Improves sleep
- Reduces stress
- Reduces anxiety and depression
- Relieves lymphedema
- Preventing chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy
Can a person that is undergoing Chemotherapy, get an Oncology Massage?
Yes, massage therapy can be a great way to relax from the stress of cancer treatment. Many healthcare providers recommend massage as a way to reduce anxiety, combat nausea and control pain. The touch is very light and gentle and it is highly relaxing.
*Always discuss massage therapy with your Oncologist.
Joya Spalding, LMT, CLT, HTPA-4, Certified Oncology Massage Therapist
Joya has over 20 years of Massage Therapy experience. She is certified to performed Manual Lymphatic Drainage and complete Decongestive Therapy by the Academy of Lymphatics Studies. She received her Certificate of Achievement in Clinical Oncology Massage from the School of Allied Health at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI, the only school of its kind in the United States. She worked for 10 years at the Bienes Comprehensive Cancer Center, Holy Cross Hospital and 6 years at the Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute, where she worked as lead Therapist, hiring and training new massage therapists. In her free time, Joya enjoys bicycling, gardening reading, snorkeling and kayaking.