This massage is dedicated to those living with cancer, as well as carers. It is comfort-oriented and can be used alongside medical treatment, including chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery. It can assist in easing side effects, such as anxiety, pain, fatigue, nausea, and can help improve sleep and quality of life. Light touch and holding techniques are used, making it safe for people at all stages of cancer.
This style of massage can be used no matter where the person is on their cancer journey. Some will find that one massage session goes a long way, but others may choose massage as ongoing support with side effects, such as scar tissue and limited movements. No matter what the person chooses, the therapist will always tailor the session to cater for their specific needs. We understand the importance of supporting all those who have been touched by cancer, and this includes carers.
I have completed Iris Cancer Care Partnership/Gayle MacDonald’s ‘Massage for People Living with Cancer’ Level 1 programme and continue to develop my skills and knowledge through working with cancer patients as well as continued oncology massage training.
(I wrote the words for this page together with my colleague, Vladimira Stankova.)