Oncology Massage

Oncology Massage takes into account all that a person and their body have gone through from their diagnosis to today.  Protocols are in place to ensure the massage treatment is safe and supportive for those who have undergone surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation.   The first session involves getting to know how your body is doing with a thorough intake.  Once I know your medical history, I create a personalized treatment plan according to the symptoms you present that day.  Most of my work can be done through clothes if you don't wish to undress.  The work is light and very comforting!  Below is a list of modalities that may be used (if applicable) to bring comfort and relief to your body:

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Reflexology

Gentle, therapeutic pressure is applied to areas on the feet that correspond with areas in the body for extra support and healing.  Very relaxing and effective.

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Chemo-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy Massage

A specialized technique that helps reduce the effects of chemo-related peripheral neuropathy.  Instruction is provided for self-care at home.

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Scar Tissue Mobilization

This gentle massage technique is used to break up adhesions related to scar tissue formation.  This helps to promote healthy tissue and increase range of motion.

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Acupressure

Focused light pressure is applied to various points on the body that help restore the flow of energy and decrease pain.

 

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Energy Holds

A deeply relaxing technique that involves supporting the organs with soothing energy and warmth.  Can easily be done while fully clothed.

 

 

Manual Lymph Drainage Massage

A gentle massage with light, rhythmic pressure encouraging natural drainage of lymph fluid inside the body.  Specific massage strokes redirect lymph away from swollen areas into working lymph nodes to aid the body in healing.  Benefits include calming the nervous system, reducing pain and providing immune support. 

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Swedish & Esalen

When appropriate, soothing light stroke work on skin is used to help calm the nervous system and decrease the stress hormone, cortisol, which deeply relaxes the body and mind.