Massage Therapy and Oncology patients

Posted on April 11th, 2012 by Shari´ Parks

Yesterday I had the opportunity to provide bodywork to my dear friend Alicia who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. We began the first treatment with two gentle massage therapies. Two modalities that I have extensive training in: reflexology and cranial sacral therapy. She reported to me today, referring to me as a “Holy Healer”, that she slept like a new born baby! That was music to my ears because I know that the lack of restorative sleep affects many cancer patients.

The AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association) recently came out with their 2012 Massage Therapy Industry Fact Sheet indicating that recent research supports the effectiveness of massage for cancer related fatigue.

Oncology Massage can help with a broad range of symptoms including:
*aches and pains
*fatigue, stress and exhaustion
*nausea, diarrhea, and constipation
*insomnia and lack of appetite
*various other side effects of chemotherapy and radiation

Treatments have been reported to:
*relieve depression
*reduce stress
*strengthen compromised body organs and systems
*enhance feelings of well being
*support and boost the immune system

Massage therapy is an amazing compliment to cancer care and survivorship, reclaiming the body from the certainty of the medical community. Massage can also diminish chemotherapy and radiation treatment-related side effects.

Together let’s eliminate the misconception that massage therapy is not suitable. A highly trained licensed massage therapist can help ease cancer-related fatigue as well as decreasing pain in cancer patients. I’m thrilled to be able to provide such powerful healing work!

Shari’ Parks, LMT, NCBTMB

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