Don’t be afraid of treating yourself, or someone you know, to a massage treatment while going through treatment for cancer. Massage from ‘living well’ massage therapy can be an incredibly life-affirming treatment that should boost well-being and help with the stress of grueling cancer treatments. Having a massage while having medical treatment for cancer can put you back in touch with your body again. It can feel almost alien while you’re being examined and prodded, taking harsh chemical treatments, and having test after test. The simple pleasure of massage can help reconnect you with your body, making you feel more human and ‘normal’ at a difficult time. You should feel very relaxed after a massage session at ‘living well’. I will listen to you and adapt techniques to your needs. Massage doesn’t just feel good; clinical studies have shown that massage can reduce symptoms such as stress, nausea, pain, fatigue and depression, all too common when you’re dealing with a serious illness.
Research shows that massage for muscle and soft tissue doesn’t spread cancer cells
A relaxing massage is perfectly safe for people at all stages of cancer treatment, although the massage therapist will be careful to avoid any treatment or tumor sites while massaging you, to prevent any discomfort. The myth that massage can spread cancer came about because some people believe that the cancer affected cells can be moved around the body via the lymphatic system. This isn’t true; circulation of lymphatic
fluid actually happens naturally as we move, and it can’t cause cancer to spread.
What are the health benefits of massage for cancer patients?
People who’ve had massage therapy sessions during their cancer treatment say that they’ve noticed a wide range of positive effects afterwards.
- Better sleep
- Improved healing of scar tissue
- A better quality of life
- More mental clarity
- Better range of movement.
Another smaller study  looked at how safe and effective massage was in reducing stress hormones in people who had blood cancer. People were given aromatherapy, massage or rest; massage significantly reduced amounts of stress hormones in the people who took part in the study. So, if you, or someone you know, is dealing with cancer, or has just been through treatment and needs a pick-me-up, contact me at ‘living well’.
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2 Stringer J et al. Massage in patients undergoing intensive chemotherapy reduces serum cortisol and prolactin. Psycho-Oncology
2008 Oct; 17 (10): 1024–31.