Oncology massage is a gentle and comfort-oriented form of massage for people who have a history of cancer or are currently in treatment for the disease.
This treatment is given by a therapist who has undergone additional training to work safely with cancer patients. The treatment is tailored to the individual based on any surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy they are receiving or have undergone and takes into account current health.
The main focus is on working with an open heart and being present. Other kinds of massage may be inappropriate for cancer patients because they tend to be too deep, painful or draining.
The essence of comfort-oriented massage is summed up in these words:
"Massage offers a safe and warm holding place for the person with cancer. Deep human compassion and caring are communicated without words and without threat. It is a gentle, non-invasive form of therapy".
"It addresses the whole person in a gentle, human and uncomplicated way. The essential elements of massage are both simple and profound. In its essence it is touch. Touch is a vital and basic form of communication, conveying nuances of feelings, often more expressively and effectively than verbal communication." - From "Massage for People With Cancer" by Patricia McNamara
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