Cancer (Oncology) Massage
Massage is at the forefront in new treatment modalities for people living with cancer. Therapists must have extensive training to work safely and effectively with this patient population due to complex medical issues. With a background in nursing and specialized oncology massage training I am very aware and mindful of the physical, emotional, and psychological needs of clients at all stages of their cancer journey. Specific modalities include: Comfort Massage, Eastern Bodywork, Acupressure, Reflexology and Manual Lymphatic Drainage. These treatments are suitable “from day 1”--at diagnosis, before surgery, during chemotherapy or radiation, recovery and survivorship.
Many of the techniques used in this modality derive from Eastern traditions with the use of reflexology, acupressure, specific point work and special blends of healing oils and application of warm rocks. The combination of these various techniques allows energy to flow throughout the body all the while supporting vital organs and other body systems and functions.
Gentle Shoulder Mobilization
This treatment modality is intended mainly for breast cancer clients who are experiencing shoulder immobilization and restriction due to surgical or post-radiation tissue changes. Gentle tissue releases and techniques on specific muscles effectively improves shoulder joint range of motion. Scar work is also performed.
This effective treatment uses light, slow, rhythmic strokes that help the body remove extra toxins, increase lymphatic circulation and decrease excess fluid (edema). MLD is also used to help reduce symptoms of Lymphedema (LE). With training in the Vodder Method for MLD I work with those at risk for or are in early stages of LE. I do not provide bandaging or recommend exercises.
Pressure is applied to specific areas in the feet and hands that correspond to other parts of the body. This stimulates body organs and relieves areas of congestion. By applying gentle pressure this technique also increases relaxation, stimulates circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids and provides support to vital organs.
Gentle release, cross fiber friction, and unrolling are just a few of the techniques to help with adhesions and fibrotic changes in scar tissue. Special, healing scar oil application is also used to restore movement, circulation and vitality to the affected area.
In Swedish Massage the superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue are manipulated to enhance their function, promote relaxation and well-being, and improve circulation. The therapeutic impact used in this massage provides a wealth of benefits to the body.
Therapeutic (Restorative) Massage
Therapeutic Massage uses gentle pressure and a combination of modalities (see above) depending on each client’s health issues. This non-demanding modality promotes relaxation and restoration and is excellent for any client but most especially for those living with cancer.