Massage therapy involves kneading, moving and applying varying pressure to muscles, tendons and soft tissues. Massage induces relaxation that can reduce symptoms of stress, pain, fatigue and depression.
For more information about using massage as a way of treating symptoms of cancer refer to the Cancer Council Australia Massage and Cancer guide (pdf)
There are many different types of massage and touch therapies including reflexology, aromatherapy and reiki. These gentle styles of massage (with adaptations) are often recommended and safe for people with cancer.
Reiki, Reflexology, Aromatherapy massage
- Reiki is gentle massage where the therapist hands are gently brushed over the body
- Reflexology involves pressure to parts of the hands and feet which can relieve pain in other parts of the body
- Aromatherapy massage uses essential oils extracted from plants to balance and promote wellbeing
Oncology massage therapists have been trained to work safely with people with a history or diagnosis of cancer. Oncology massage can help to reduce pain and help you to feel better emotionally and physically.
Find a qualified Oncology massage therapist in Australia.