Cancer Care/Oncology Massage
I am a certified Oncology massage therapist and certified manual lymphatic drainage practitioner. My cancer care treatments are based on both compassion and specialised training. The treatment I provide can help people manage their experience with cancer. Treatments are modified and tailored to each individual client, taking into account the full spectrum of cancer-related issues: the physical and emotional consequences of cancer. Personal goals for receiving any of the treatments offered can included desire for respite, improving swelling, a relaxing pleasurable experience in the midst of everything that is going on. Treatments can also help to relieve nausea or other symptoms such as pain or peripheral neuropathy.
Appointment available at my home treatment room in Hotwells or at the Penny Brohn Centre in Pill. Click on the venue buttons above.
How this treatments can help if I have cancer?
Relax your mind and body
Improve your mood
Relieve tension and pain in muscles or tissue
Help alleviating stress
Help relieve nausea
Help reduce depression and anxiety
Improve sleep and lessen fatigue
Help preventing chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy
Some studies of people with cancer suggest that massage therapy may also help reduce anxiety, depression and fatigue.
Using a range of techniques each session is tailored you, how you feel on the day and your gaols for the massage.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
MLD is a very special type of massage designed to stimulate the lymphatic system which can be compromised during cancer treatment. MLD helps reducing swelling, clears blockages in the lymph system, it helps transport nutrients to cells and increase the metabolism. MLD uses very light pressure and pumping action along the lymph system it can be done either fully clothed or on bare skin, using drapes to only expose the area being worked on. No oils are used.
Using natural products and facial massage. If you're not feeling well enough to have a massage a facial is a fabulous way if receiving the benefits of a treatment, deeply relaxing and calming.
Is it safe to have a massage if I have cancer?
Some people worry that massage could cause cancer cells to spread to other parts of the body. Research has not found any evidence of this happening. I will avoid any areas affected by cancer, such as tumour sites or lymph nodes or areas where there are catheters, central lines or pain relief patches.
I trained with the UK's leading Oncology massage therapists Susan Finday
"It was so great to experience the way Sally worked on my back, going deep and intuitively loosening any knots and leaving me completely relaxed and almost pain free. I have a long standing issue with my neck and the pains shooting down my arms and the massage has definitely helped me to sleep better. Sally is also very warm but lets you enjoy your massage without much chatting and plays lovely soothing music. I will be back!"
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