Massage therapy can be beneficial to your mind, body and spirit during cancer treatment. Oncology massage is a form of non-invasive, compassionate touch that is very specialized for cancer patients, it uses light touch and slow, steady movements, working with the central nervous system to help the body relax. The massage helps patients with symptoms such as pain and side effects like nausea, massage can make an important difference for cancer patients.
In a recent study, cancer patients receiving massage reported a reduction in pain and discomfort of almost 50%, up to two days after receiving their massage.
It is important this type of massage be performed by a specialized therapist. The therapist will work in collaboration with the medical team to determine which maneuvers are best suited to the type of cancer, treatment, etc.
I received advanced training from Arborescence, culminating in an internship at La Maison Michel-Sarrazin in Quebec City. For 5 years, I had the privilege of working at the Au Diapason palliative care home. Then I joined LEUCAN Estrie as a massage therapist (2018-2021).