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No-Body's Perfect Oncology Massage
Massage For Cancer


What is Oncology Massage?

Oncology Massage is a way of adjusting techniques, such as Swedish massage, Acupressure, Reflexology, or Trigger Point Therapy in a way so that they are less demanding on a person in treatment. The focus is placed first and foremost on not over taxing the client's limited energy, and also to provide them with relaxation and comfort. It is in this place of rest that healing occurs. Additionally, certain bodywork techniques can be used to intentionally support such aspects as the person's immune function, digestion, energy level or emotional experience. Candidates for Oncology Massage include:

  • Chemotherapy patients
  • Patients receiving radiation treatments
  • Pre- and post-surgical cancer patients
  • Cancer patients in remission/still recovering from treatments
  • People at risk for lymphedema. 

Oncology Massage Benefits

There are numerous benefits to receiving a series of Oncology massages, including, but not limited to:

  • A strengthened immune system
  • Better circulation
  • Pain reduction or relief
  • The need for less medication
  • Reduced nausea and vomiting
  • Increased energy and appetite
  • Better outlook on life / less depression
  • Better sleep

How might an oncology massage be distinctive?

As most massages, it will be tailored to the individual client. However, several things may be different from a more typical massage, for example.

  • A detailed intake will be completed, including the kind of cancer you have (or had), your treatment history, your current treatment, any symptoms or side-effects you are experiencing, and any medical devices or lymph node involvement you might have.
  • Lighter pressure.
  • Any area of your body that has compromised lymph nodes will be honored with special techniques. 
  • Acupressure will be used to address symptoms specific to you on this particular day, such as nausea, pain, anxiety or decreased range of motion.
  • Depending on issues specific to your body, the position you lie in will be modified to accommodate any surgical or radiation sites or specific medical devices you might have. 
  • If you have low blood counts, you may receive a gentle technique that addresses the potential for easy bruising.

Most importantly, you will be met with love, respect and a recognition of who you are and what your own healing process is. 


At Risk for Lymphedema? One of the common tests and treatments for cancer is biopsy or removal of lymph nodes in the area of the cancer. Oncology Massage Therapy integrates safety protocols into all massages when lymph nodes have been compromised. For this reason, you should see only an experienced oncology massage therapist if you have had lymph nodes removed. If you already have lymphedema you can still receive an oncology massage. We are trained in manual lymphatic drainage.