FAQ’s about massage and cancer treatment.
Does massage spread cancer?
The short answer is NO. Research shows that genetic alterations/overgrowths and DNA mutations are the culprits of cancer. Gentle, light or compassionate touch can be administered safely and effectively without the fear of spreading cancer.
When should I schedule my massage if I am currently receiving chemotherapy or radiation?
The ideal time is to a day or two before your treatment. If that does not work for your schedule we would need to wait 72 hours after radiation treatment or wear gloves while giving you your massage. If you are receiving radiation seed treatment we would need a release from your doctor is (as the seed method of treatment is concentrated dose of radiation in a specific location.)
What should I expect in an oncology massage?
Kristi has been specially trained to provide the best massage for you, before, during and after your treatments for cancer. (We are unable to do deep tissue or heavy pressure massage as well as no hot stone massage those techniques are harmful while being treated.)
When should I cancel my scheduled massage?
If you have a fever, or an itchy rash from treatments. (We will call and cancel your massage if we as therapists are feeling under the weather or think we have come down with something. We are dedicated to your wellness and would hate to expose you to something while you are recovering from treatments.)
What are some other things I can do as adjunctive therapies?
1.)Yoga (Kirsten Erickson of Namaste Yoga Therapy has extensive knowledge/training/experience in working with people and movement therapies within their tolerance.) To get to her website click on the Therapists page and look for her profile.)
2.)Nutrition and herbal supplements as recommended by a professional and approved by your doctor.
3.)Acupuncture is relaxing as well as immune system supporting. (We have an acupuncturist at ANBB on Tuesdays her name is Kristine Cloutier L.Ac. of Gentle Healing Acupuncture in Eagle River her number if you would like to set up an appointment 715-477-2431. To get to her website click on the Therapists page and look for her profile.)
4.) Meditation and stress management techniques can be extremely helpful as well.
Benefits of Touch and Massage for People Living with Cancer
- Provide relaxation, comfort, stress reduction and quality of life.
- Minimize the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.
- Relieve pain and edema, especially for surgery.
- Restore vital energy, reduce cancer fatigue.
- Reconnect the body, mind and spirit.
- Promote the removal of toxins, without hepatic overload.
- Assist in the flow of lymph, blood and oxygen.
- Boost the immune system, elevate T-cells.
- Reduce scar tissue.
- Increase range-of-motion and mobility.
- Restore feeling and sensation by stimulating nerve endings.
- Promote better health and overall sense of wellbeing.
- Direct energies toward healing.
- Improve body image.
- Provide education for empowerment and self-healing.
- Touch the family and caregivers as well as the person with cancer.
- And, IT FEELS GOOD!
Please contact us at A New Beginning Bodyworks if you have any questions or concerns regarding receiving massage before, during, or after your treatments for cancer. We can set a time to meet with you, get your health history and see if massage is the right fit for you at this time.