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Tranquil Oasis offers an individualized oncology massage treatment your body needs at this challenging time. 

What the medical experts are saying...

"Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City is a national leader in cancer treatment.  Researchers recently surveyed patients who had therapeutic massage added to their treatment regimens.  Over a three year period, results impressively confirmed the value of massageAnxiety levels decreased by 52%, pain by 40%, fatigue by 41%, depression by 32%, and nausea by 21%.  Researchers concluded that massage is a “markedly effective, uncommonly noninvasive and inexpensive way” to control symptoms for cancer patients."
Adapted from “Better Living & Health”,
Portland  (Maine) Press-Herald, Summer, 2006 
(quotation courtesy of the
Society for Oncology Massage)

What is Oncology Massage?

At its most basic, oncology massage is bodywork that is designed specifically for the needs of people who are dealing with cancer and/or its treatments. The main focus is to enhance healing while "do no harm" to people whose bodies are:

  • dealing with lowered immune systems,
  • at risk for developing lymphedema
  • stressed by radiation and/or chemotherapy treatment(s), or recovering from surgery

Enhance Healing - Much more than a feel-good treat or relaxation technique, Oncology Massage can actually assist your body and spirit in their constant pursuit of restoring you to health. By integrating Western and Eastern modalities of bodywork in order to address the symptoms of both cancer treatments and the disease, Oncology Massage can help with the numerous side effects from chemotherapy, radiation treatments and surgery such as:

  • nausea,
  • diarrhea,
  • constipation,
  • lack of appetite,
  • insomnia,
  • exhaustion,
  • low blood counts,
  • pain

This massage can also help:

  • boost the immune system
  • strengthen compromised body organs and systems,
  • build up blood counts,
  • lessen depression, and
  • enhance feelings of well-being.

Physical Benefits

Massage is now recognized as a beneficial complementary therapy for people who are receiving traditional treatments for cancer (surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation). Not only does bodywork bring nurturing touch to those who have been poked and prodded in the typical diagnosis and treatments, it has actually been proven in scientific studies to be beneficial for patients who are being treated for cancer.

Psychological Benefits

Massage brings a unique focus to the body of a cancer patient; one of nurturing attention. This is poles apart from the typical painful invasive medical procedures of cancer treatment. Cancer patients in treatment use words such as punctured, cut, poisoned or burned to describe how their bodies are being treated. They feel like they are seen only as their cancer or their cancer treatment. Their entire life turns out to be about eradicating the cancer. The medical treatments are anything but pleasant; so unlike a massage which nurtures, soothes, comforts and subtly heals that same body.

Clients report that the massage is the first time they’ve felt like being in their body since the cancer diagnosis. They say that it is the first time they have felt a positive procedure used in the healing strategy.

In addition to changing the focus of treatment to one of nurturing and healing, when a client chooses to receive an oncology massage, it gives them a sense of empowerment to be able to take control of the direction of their healing process.

This may be the most important time of your life. What you do now may affect the quality and health of the rest of your life. This is your time and you come first. Whether that is getting enough rest or saying no to too much stress, or receiving a nurturing massage, this is the time to take care of you.

“Do No Harm” respects the limits of a body that may already be stressed by the disease and its treatments. For instance, a client may be detoxing from chemotherapy, or may be recovering from radiation burns. An oncology massage will honor the body’s healing process by modulating pressure levels and the length of the massage so as not to re-traumatize the body with too much or too deep work.

How might an oncology massage be distinctive?

As most massages, it will be tailored to the individual client. However, several things may be different from a massage you might receive in a spa, for example.

  • A detailed intake will be completed, including the kind of cancer you have (or had), your treatment history, your current treatment, any symptoms or side-effects you are experiencing, and any medical devices or lymph node involvement you might have.
  • Oncology Massage integrates safety protocols into all massages when lymph nodes have been compromised.
  • Light pressure and limited duration
  • Any area of your body that has compromised lymph nodes will be honored with special techniques so as not to cause lymphedema
  • Depending on issues specific to your body, the position you lie in will be modified to accommodate any surgical or radiation sites or specific medical devices you might have. (Maybe you still have that port for chemotherapy infusions.)
  • It may be suggested that you receive an oncology massage between 1 – 3 times per week while you are dealing with serious physical issues of the treatment.
  • If you have a blood disorder, or low blood counts, you may receive a gentle technique that addresses those.

Most importantly, you will be met with love, respect and a recognition of who you are and what your own healing process is.

Consider an elegant gift certificate for a single treatment or a series of treatments which makes a great gift for the client.

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