Oncology Massage (OM) is ‘mindful massage’ focusing on eliciting the relaxation response in clients who have cancer, are in treatment for cancer or who have a history of cancer. OM can improve bowel movements and modify the unwanted side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. The benefits of oncology massage continue for several days after the massage is experience and can create moments of stillness and peace in the midst of the emotional chaos of a diagnosis of cancer.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
The Lymphatic system is our front line of defence in fighting bodily infections, and transports metabolic wastes, excess water and bacteria out of the body. Manual lymphatic drainage is a very gentle massage technique used to stimulate the flow of lymphatic fluid ‘lymph’ – around your body. Using specific slow, light strokes, manual lymphatic drainage works on the connective tissues immediately below the skin (not the deeper muscles). Manual lymphatic drainage is relaxing and useful for treating a wide range of health conditions, and illnesses including;
- Breast surgery (segmental, simple or total mastectomy),
- Lymphoedema, Oedema/Swelling during pregnancy)
- Pre-surgery (to soften and relax tissues to be operated on)
- Post-surgery (to reduce healing times and scar tissue formation, and reduce chance of infection)
- Sports injuries e.g. bruises, sprains and even fractures (in acute stage where remedial massage possible
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
The treatment method is conservative and in Australasia is termed Complex Lymphoedema Therapy (CLT). Older alternative terminologies are Complex Physical Therapy (CPT) or Complex Decongestive therapy (CDT). CLT consists of the following components;
- Skin care
- Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
- Compression therapy
Treatment is individualized for each client and not all components of treatment may be necessary in all cases. Those with mild lymphoedema may only require education, exercise and skin care whereas for more severe cases treatment may be longer.
Soft Tissue Release
A gentle blend of stretching and massage, soft tissue release is used to release disruptions in the bodies fascial network allowing more functional flexibility and mobility of the muscles, fascia and associated structures. This treatment is highly recommended for those experiencing pain and restricted range of movement as a result of surgical scaring, injury, and/or cancer treatment: Mastectomy.
Remedial massage holistically treats the whole body and traces the discomfort to the original cause, healing both the cause of the disorder as well as the symptoms using gentle or strong, deep or shallow pressures. Muscular and skeletal dysfunctions often addressed with Remedial Massage include; muscle tightness, frozen shoulder, muscular cramps, whiplash and sports injuries.
Maternity (Pregnancy Massage)
A combination of Swedish and Remedial Massage techniques, to assist with the tensions and pains experienced during pregnancy. Massage reduces swelling, soothes the nervous system, helps to prevent insomnia, muscle cramps and back pain.