Oncology Massage Bellingham
Cancer and Massage?
In recent years, benefits and contraindications of oncology massage were unknown. Many thought massage would spread cancer, and massage therapists were warned to stay away from those with cancer. Today, research has shown that massage therapy may not cure cancer, but it has proven to be beneficial emotionally, physiologically and physically during and after cancer treatments. Massage may alleviate symptoms and side effects experienced by cancer patients, and is considered to be a supportive therapy.
- Breast Cancer
- Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
- Lung Cancer
- Bladder Cancer
- Colon Cancer
My dad had brain cancer...
In 2004, when I graduated massage school, research told me to stay away from massaging all people living with cancer. In 2011, my father was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. As a “Daddy’s Girl”, the only thing I wanted to do was give him comfort, but my education and training had told me not to touch him. With permission from his oncologist, I started to massage my father gently and for short durations. To see him with out pain and a smile on his face, my heart sang.
After my father’s passing, I started my education with my first course: Massage for people living with cancer. This was the first step of my healing from grief. At this time I also realized the need to continue this education, and educate others on the benefits of Oncology massage. Since the beginning of my oncology massage training, I have had the privilege of assisting and educating massage therapists, cancer patients, Doctors, Chiropractors, and Acupuncturists on the benefits of massage therapy for cancer patients. I have directly seen the benefits from my clients from decreased insomnia, decreased pain, increased daily joy, and increased mobility.
I left in a completely relaxed, dreamy state and felt rejuvenated the next day
Ashiatsu is a Japanese technique using the feet to deliver deep tissue massage that is deeply relaxing and effective at getting to your sorest spots.
Cancer survivors and sufferers may need special massage care and techniques that are sensitive to the issues caused by the disease and its treatments.
Lymphatic Massage, or Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a light touch technique and I'm one of the only certified MLD providers in Whatcom County.
Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
The scalp is highly sensitive and massaging it has a unique range of benefits. Scalp massage stimulates nerves and blood vessels and calms muscle tension in your head, neck and upper back.
Geriatric massage can be especially helpful for maintaining and improving overall health as we age. It also has been shown to relieve anxiety and provide comfort, especially to touch-deprived elderly clients.