Oncology Massage Christchurch

Oncology Massage is mindful, intentioned massage that is adapted to suit the needs of and to work safely with the person who has or has had cancer. It takes the traditional massage techniques and modifies them to ensure the safety and comfort of anybody who'd like a massage, but who is dealing with the effects of treatment and cancer on the body.  Prices are $85 for 60 minutes, and $95 for mobile massage. Tess can visit you or loved ones in hospital or hospice - feel free to ask!

Pay it forward - gift a massage to someone diagnosed or undergoing treatment for cancer - more information here.

Why Oncology Massage?

For Symptom Management, research has shown Oncology Massage improves the quality of life for people with a history or diagnosis of cancer.

It reduces the side effects experienced from conventional treatment of cancer and the symptons of the disease process itself (Cassileth and Vickers, 2004)

  • Pain Improved 47%
  • Fatigue Improved 42%
  • Anxiety Improved 59%
  • Nausea Improved 51%
  • Depression Improved 48%
  • Other (including shortness of breath, memory problems, dry mouth or disturbed sleep) improved 48%

Light touch massage, as taught by Oncology Massage Training (OMT) was the most effective form of massage therapy offered in this study.

From Society for Oncology Massage: Patients and their caregivers report many and varied changes after massage.  A therapist  trained in oncology massage can provide a variety of positive effects from relaxation to scar tissue moblization to pain reduction,  but the anecdotal evidence suggests that there are many benefits beyond even these that are enjoyed by people  at all stages of the cancer journey.

General Benefits deep relaxation ● reduced stress ● improved sleep ● eased constipation ● increased alertness and mental clarity ● reduced anxiety ● less nausea ● reduced pain 

Following Surgery reduced anxiety in advance of surgery ● easier recovery from anesthesia ● reduced post-surgical pain ● improved moblity and appearance of surgical scars ● reduced swelling ● improved range of motion ● easier adaptation to implants and expanders

Following Radiation or Chemotherapy reduced anxiety in advance of and during treatment ● reduced post-treatment fatigue    ● improved appetite ● improved peripheral neuropathy 

Emotional Benefits decreased anxiety ● decreased depression ● increased feelings of well-being ● being pleasantly distracted ● improved body self-image ● restored hope ● satisfaction in participating actively in a part of the healing process 

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What can I expect?

All massage treatments are catered to you on the day you are massaged and take into account your alternate treatments, fatigue levels, emotional state, physical ability; how you feel on the day. We use a range of treatments, all with light touch, that can be done as a regular massage with oil or an alternate sequence involving holds, overtop of clothes/blankets. We can also offer hand, foot, scalp and face massage as requested. Click here for FAQs relating to Oncology Massage.

Helpful links: What is Oncology Massage - Society for Oncology Massage

Trained by Oncology Massage Training Ltd - link to training here for more information.