Pause, breathe and relax in the hands of a qualified oncology massage therapist.
What are the benefits for people with Cancer?
For symptom management, research has shown Oncology Massage improves the quality of life for people with a history or diagnosis of cancer.
It reduces the side effects experienced from conventional treatment of cancer and the symptoms of the disease process itself (Cassileth and Vickers, 2004).
- Pain improved 47%
- Fatigue improved 42%
- Anxiety improved 59%
- Nausea improved 51%
- Depression improved 48%
- Other (including shortness of breath, memory problems,
- dry mouth or disturbed sleep) improved 48%
Light touch massage was the most effective form of massage therapy offered in this study.
A comparative study examining the benefits of massage versus meditation found both groups showed immediate positive effects on mental health parameters. Only the massage group showed significant improvements in qualitative measures of wellbeing and increased levels of dopamine, serotonin, natural killer cells and lymphocytes after 5 weeks of treatment (Hernandez-Reif et al, 2004).
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