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 symptoms 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.
A comparative study examining the benefits of massage versus meditation found both groups showed immediate positive effects on mental health parameters. Only the massage group showed significant improvements in qualitative measures of wellbeing and increased levels of dopamine, serotonin, natural killer cells and lymphocytes after 5 weeks of treatment. (Hernandez-Reif, Field, Ironson, Beutler, Vera, Hurley, Fletcher, Schanberg, Kuhn, Fraser, 2005)
Importantly, formal training in this specialised area provides the therapists with awareness and expertise to modify and adjust a conventional massage for the client with a history or diagnosis of cancer while being mindful of any contraindications for massage. This ensures the provision of a safe and effective treatment for the client.
“Happiness is not a destination but the journey. Dealing with cancer is both the destination and journey, Medicine focuses on the quality of the destination. Oncology Massage focuses on the quality of the journey.”