Cancer and cancer treatment affect every person differently. As a cancer survivor myself, I understand the challenges faced when learning about a diagnosis, undergoing treatment, and hopefully finding a way into recovery and beyond.
“Oncology Massage” incorporates modifications and adjustments to traditional massage techniques in order to meet the unique and changing needs of someone in treatment for cancer or with a history of cancer. A safe massage therapy care plan generally revolves around the side effects (both short- and long-term) of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. The changes that might be made to a massage that make it an “oncology massage” can fall under any number of categories, but typically they will be related to session length, pressure, position of the client on the table, and areas of specific compromise or concern like mediports, skin and bone fragility, and risk of lymphedema.
Some benefits that cancer patients and survivors may receive are:
reduced pain perception
reduced anxiety and symptoms of depression
relief from chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), even years out of treatment
increased sleep quality
Oncology massage should only be provided by a Massage Therapist who has received training in the specifics of cancer and cancer treatment. This training is actually more about cancer and less about massage. A written treatment plan can be presented to your doctor for approval. I am a Preferred Practitioner with the Society for Oncology Massage and have completed over 200 hours of training and hands-on practical work in cancer, lymphedema, and end of life care.
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If this will be your first session with me please complete the Health History and Consent Form online. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early for your first appointment so we have time to talk and complete a thorough health intake.
I have two convenient locations in Western NY. Please select the one that works best for you to learn about my hours, pricing, and scheduling options.
She is patient and kind.
"Amy is a great massage therapist. She is patient and kind. She is very skilled with mld massage for oncology. I will definitely be going back!"
My experience with massage...
My experience with massage has led me to believe that the mental/psychological benefits may actually be more important that the physical ones. The state of relaxation that I was able to achieve as a result of massage therapy was really something that I'm unable to accomplish on my own. (ALS patient)